Seaweed Farming in Southeast Asia


In our ongoing original series, Women of Algae, we speak with two scientists whose lifelong passion for seaweed has led them to attain their doctoral degrees. Both are alumni of the Global Seaweed Star program offered through SAMS, the Scottish Association for Marine Sciences in Oban.  And both have returned to their own countries to support the coastal communities and help build thriving seaweed economies.
Dr. Anicia Hurtado is working in the Philippines addressing local issues for expanding and improving seaweed farming communities, while Dr. Lim Phaik-Eem comes from Malaysia, where she is a professor and researcher tracking the most resilient strains of seaweed to survive the warming seas caused by climate change. In this video, we hear how the seaweed industry plays an important and equalizing role between the genders, how the coastal communities are responding to rising sea levels, and we learn about how Asia’s long-term experience growing seaweed can assist other parts of the world with younger industries.​

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