Seagriculture EU 2024 Brings Seaweed Industry to the Faroe Islands

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Faroe Islands

Seagriculture EU 2024 attracted 224 delegates from 25 countries to hear the latest developments in the seaweed industry.

The Seagriculture EU 2024 conference, the premier event for the seaweed industry, was successfully held in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, from June 18–20 2024. Under the unifying theme “Bridging Continents,” Seagriculture EU 2024 brought together 224 delegates from 25 countries and more than 123 companies and institutions to discuss, network, and share their knowledge, underscoring the growing global interest in seaweed farming and its diverse applications.

The conference began with an exclusive site visit to Ocean Rainforest, one of the largest seaweed cultivators in Europe, where they have approximately 200,000 meters of seeded seaweed lines deployed on some 220 hectares. Delegates were offered a firsthand glimpse into their operations with expert guides from Ocean Rainforest.

Participants were treated to a boat journey to explore the cultivation site in Gøta more closely and witnessed seaweed harvest in action. The tour included an up-close look at the production and hatchery facilities, as well as a visit from land to their other cultivation sites in Funningsfjørð — all in combination with scenic drives over the Faroe Islands and beautiful weather.

The conference unfolded with a dynamic program featuring five plenary sessions, two panel discussions, and the newly introduced Seaweed Elevator Pitches. With nearly 50 speakers participating, including international experts from DG MARE, Fermentation Experts, Unilever, Cargill, and Future Feed, attendees gained access to diverse perspectives in seaweed farming, innovations and regulations.

Among other highlights of Seagriculture EU 2024 was the trade show where ten leading exhibitors showed their latest technologies and equipment.

“We are excited about the response and success of Seagriculture EU 2024,” said Kuno Jacobs, Managing Director of DLG Benelux, the conference organizer.

“The enthusiastic participation of seaweed professionals, researchers, and policymakers underscores the growing recognition of seaweed as a crucial component of a sustainable future,” he said. “We are particularly pleased to see a growing number of delegates, not only from the seaweed and aquaculture industries, but also from the feed and food industry and other related sectors. This diversity highlights the importance and relevance of the conference in addressing broader sustainability challenges.”

“We thoroughly enjoyed working in the Faroe Islands and are grateful for the close cooperation with Ocean Rainforest. Their team’s excellence in making the site visit a memorable experience significantly contributed to a unique edition of Seagriculture EU.”

Seagriculture EU 2024 also provided an authentic experience of Faroese culture. After the first conference day, Faroese companies offered seaweed bites during the seaweed tasting.

The B2Match conference application, introduced at the event, provided participants with an efficient way to communicate, schedule meetings, and stay updated on the latest news. The app facilitated more than 160 meetings, helping delegates build new connections and partnerships, and ensuring a seamless and engaging conference experience.

The Seagriculture Conferences act as a driving force for innovation, collaboration, and knowledge sharing, fostering advancements in the seaweed industry. By uniting a diverse group of stakeholders, the conference has sped up the adoption of sustainable practices, promoted market expansion, and highlighted seaweed as a vital solution to global climate challenges.

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