My host father holds algas marinas gathered from the ocean. Edivan's family participates in a marine agriculture collective of eleven local families that cultivates, harvests, drys and sells algae on a small scale using environmentally-friendly techniques. The seaweeds contain agar, a natural vegetable gelatin which is used by the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and culinary industries. The Associação dos Produtores de Algas de Flecheiras e Guajirú (Association of Algae Producers of Flecheiras and Guajriú) was founded in 2002. Since the 1970s, over-harvesting of natural algae banks has significantly depleted the stock of certain species. APAFG's cultivation is contributing to sustainable development in the region, providing employment while also restoring the local flora and fauna.
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