Excerpt from The Seaweed Industries of Japan: The Utilization of Seaweeds in the United States
Seaweeds are among the most valuable of the aquatic resources of the Japanese Empire, and conduce largely to the prominent rank attained by the fisheries of that country. While marine plants are extensively utilized in France, Ireland, Scotland, and other European countries, in the East Indies, in China, and elsewhere, in no other country are such products relatively and actually so important or utilized in such a large variety of ways as in Japan.
The seaweed industries of Japan owe their importance to the great extent of the coast line (estimated at miles); to the abundance and variety of useful alga; and to the ingenuity of the people in putting the different kinds of plants to the most appropriate uses and in utilizing them to the fullest extent.
The value of the seaweeds prepared in Japan at the present time exceeds annually, this sum excluding the value of very large quantities of marine plants which do not enter into commerce but are used locally in the families of the fishermen.
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