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The Falkland Islanders, most of whom are of Welshmarker or Scottishmarker descent, are nicknamed kelpers because the islands are surrounded by large seaweeds called kelp. This term is not used much by themselves, since it is considered insulting by some islanders ; most prefer "Falkland Islanders" or even "Bennies", a nickname given to them by British soldiers during and after the 1982 war (derived from the character of the same name, played by Paul Henry in the soap opera Crossroads).

The Falklands economy was formerly based on agriculture, mainly sheep farming, and this resource was harvested to form mulch to feed their sheep.

The Control of Kelp Ordinance 1970 makes provision for the licensing of seaweed harvesting and export.

See also


  1. definition for "Kelper"
  2. definition for "Kelper"
  3. The Falklands
  4. Joint Nature Conservation Committee report

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