Seagriculture USA Invites You to Dive In

Seagriculture USA 2024
Seagriculture USA Invites You to Dive In

The first edition of Seagriculture USA in Portland, Maine, last September drew an audience of nearly 300 in rapt attention.

D​ive into the world of seaweed at Seagriculture USA 2023 in Portland, Maine, as the Casco Bay city reinforces its leadership position in the world of seaweed, September 6-7. The two-day exploration showcases fresh insights into the US seaweed industry with a spotlight on macroalgae investments and indigenous communities.

Seaweed farmers, entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, and many others making a splash in the world of macroalgae will share their stories about challenges and successes working with seaweed.

This year’s program features a diverse range of topics covering cutting-edge advancements in marine agriculture, aquaculture, and sustainable seafood practices. Panels and keynote presentations will explore topics including:

  • Alaska: frontier and opportunity
  • Smart seaweed farming
  • Social and regulatory aspects related to seaweeds
  • Social license and BMPs as critical tools in the leasing and permitting process
  • Seaweed industry development in Kenya
  • Investments in seaweeds and the opportunities of seaweed carbon credits
  • Lessons learned: the trails and errors of seaweed farming
  • Convincing the world to EAT MORE KELP
  • Protein content and bioactive peptides in the red seaweed Palmaria palmate (dulse)
  • Seaweed processing and applications

Young Seaweed Generation

A special session will be dedicated to young influencers. The Young Seaweed Generation will give a rare glimpse into the journeys of exceptional young professionals who are breaking barriers, creating sustainable solutions, and exploring the endless possibilities of this incredible marine resource.

Also new this year, the organizers are offering a unique networking experience at the culmination of Seagriculture USA. Networking by the Bay is a side program offered to explore Portland and its coastal charm as well as the opportunity to commune with the other conference delegates outside the conference room.

Attendees can choose either a Walking the Waterfront Tour or a Boat Tour in Casco Bay. The walking tour includes a stop at Kelson Marine + MITC and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. The boat tour is an adventure filled with breathtaking views and a glimpse of Portland’s maritime history. Each tour will end up at the Hús New England Ocean Cluster for a final get-together.

The organizers note that Maine seaweed companies that are eligible can potentially receive a 75% reimbursement for their Seagriculture USA conference registration through the Domestic Trade Expansion Program, which is funded by the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan through a contract with the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development.

Seagriculture USA 2024
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