Scientists say the lugworm
reproduces in a strange way - and they want to know more.
Boffins are asking people to keep an eye out for signs of passion in the lugworm
RESEARCH Professor Peter Olive, of Newcastle University who has carried out research into lugworms
fed on brewery waste on behalf of Seabait Ltd.
But within three years we could be looking somewhere in the region of the 300 tonnes annual production of lugworms
Perhaps more significantly, some of the dumped packaging, clothing and rope have been found to have been eaten by ocean lifeforms such as barnacles, lugworms
and detritus-eating amphipods.
The Newcastle University spin-out company had become the world's biggest producer of lugworms
for sea-fishing bait since being founded in 1985 as well as recently becoming involved in research.
The study confirmed that fragments of dumped packaging, clothing and rope are ingested by ocean lifeforms such as barnacles and lugworms
Thousands of lugworms
, usually used for sea fishing, will be farmed at Ashington-based company Seabait when the synthetic blood starts to be manufactured.
In 2001, Prof Olive and his team found that lugworms
fed on beer grew three or four times faster than those in the wild after giving them brewery waste.