Why Seagriculture USA is Important

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Nearly 300 macroalgae influencers converged at the heart of the US seaweed industry. Photo: ©2023 Kevin Morris

For many people who attended Seagriculture USA, September 6-7, in Portland Maine, the 2nd year conference represented one step further in the early development phase of a promising new ocean farming industry. For a significant number of others, it showcased and paid respect to a native culture that has farmed the sea responsibly for many hundreds of years.

Nearly 300 macroalgae influencers converged at the heart of the US seaweed industry — Maine accounts for 90% of US output — with the goal of furthering their efforts to build a thriving market for seaweed.

This year’s conference focus was about opportunities and changes in the seaweed industry — and highlighted two key themes: 1. the expansion of seaweed investments and scaling up the industry responsibly, and 2. the invaluable perspectives of indigenous communities long engaged in seaweed activities.

The conference enabled a comprehensive understanding of the industry’s potential and challenges and served as a platform to foster international expansion opportunities and inform the delegates about recent developments in the seaweed field.

Seagriculture USA 2023 successfully brought together a broad spectrum of participants, all sensing their pioneering roles and the possibilities for building a new and ecologically sound ocean agricultural environment. Contributing to the mix were seaweed cultivators, processors, distributors, technology providers, investors, academic institutions, research organizations, and government agencies.

While small as many industry events go, Seagriculture is playing a large role in providing the environment for seaweed businesses, organizations, entrepreneurs and services to get to know each other and build the supply chains to make growing and selling seaweed a profitable and environmentally conscious venture.

Event organizers, DLG Benelux, did a masterful job of weaving together the threads of scientific information, practical applications, dramatic innovations, business opportunities, and social settings. Next year’s event has been scheduled for Ketchikan, Alaska 11–12 September 2024.

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