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9th International Seaweed Conference

"Seaweeds: supporting the European Green Deal"

24 - 25 SEPTEMBER 2020

Seagriculture 2020 Conference program

Day 1: Thursday, 24 September
Chair: Piet Bogaert, Product and Process Development Manager, Cargill, BE

09.30-09.40 Opening

Session 1: Seaweeds and the European Green Deal

09.40-10.00 Felix Leinemann, Head of Unit,  Blue Economy Sectors, Aquaculture and Maritime Spatial Planning, European Commission

10.00-10.20 Andrea Weber, Unit for Blue Economy, Aquaculture and Maritime Spatial Planning DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MARE), European Commission

10.20-10.40 Bertrand Charron, Science & Sustainability Communications Manager at Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), UK

 "ASC/MSC Seaweed certification and eco-labelling – 2020 Update"

10.40-11.00 Coffee/tea break 

Session 2: EU projects: results from the EU BBI MacroCascade project:

11.00-11.20 Olavur Gregersen, Managing Director, Ocean Rainforest, FO 

”Cascading Biorefinery: Business cases for full commercial exploitation”

Jens Legarth

11.20-11.40 Jens Legart, CEO Fermentation Expert, DK

”Fermented seaweed in pigfeed – drivers for market uptake”

11.40-12.00 Guðmundur Óli Hreggviðsson, Senior Researcher, MATIS, IS

”Biorefinery products from brown seaweed”

12.00-12.30 Lunch break: time for a walk and some (seaweed) food

Session 3:
Large scale seaweed cultivation and mechanization aspects

Kim Kristensen

12.30-12.50 Kim Kristensen, Managing Director and co-owner, Arctic Seaweed AS, NO

Patrick Raub

12.50-13.10 Patrick Raub, Coordinator and Marine Development Manager, DO

13.10-13.30 Lawrie Stove, Managing Director, AquaMoor Limited, UK 

Gediminas Tamosaitis

13.30-13.50 Gediminas Tamosaitis, CEO and Cluster Coordinator, Metal Production, Rocket Cluster, LT

Marc von Keitz

13.50-14.10 Marc von Keitz, Program Director, ARPA-E, USA

14.10-14.20 Closure of day 1

Day 2: Friday, 25 September
Chair: Pi Nyvall Collén, Scientific Director, Olmix, FR

Session 4: General seaweed

Pierre Paslier

09.00-09.20 Pierre Paslier, Co-CEO, Notpla, UK

Vincent Doumeizel

09.20-09.40 Vincent Doumeizel, Director, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, UK

Alexander Ebbing,

09.40-10.00 Alexander Ebbing, Senior scientist, Hortimare, NL

10.00-10.20 Bert Groenendaal, Independent Consultant, BGC, BE

"Status on the development of a European Seaweed Strategy"

10.00-10.20 Marlies Draisma, Manager Markets & Applications, North Sea Foundation, NL

"Status on the development of a European Seaweed Strategy"

10.20-10.35  Coffee/tea break

 10.35-11.55 Virtual site visits 

Moderator: Bert Groenendaal, Independent Consultant, BGC, BE


10.35 - 10.45: Seaweed research labs - SINTEF (Norway) guided by Silje Forbord 

SINTEF Ocean is a multidisciplinary research institute within the SINTEF Group, Scandinavia's largest independent and non-profit research corporation, and contributes to innovation and industrial development along the whole fisheries and aquaculture value chain. 

SINTEF Ocean has a major focus on 1) development of cost efficient cultivation technology, including for seedlings production and farming in exposed (offshore) conditions, 2) seaweed cultivation in integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA), 3) development and use of 3D hydrodynamic ecosystem models and seaweed growth models, 4) processing technology for marine biomass including preservation, industrial scaled drying and extraction methods, 5) targeted/non-targeted chemical characterization of seaweed biomass and 5) national/international networking to promote the seaweed industry.

Join us for a brief tour in our seaweed hatcheries, a view underwater at an exposed cultivation site and get a glimpse of the future seaweed cultivation technology.

10.45 - 10.55: Red seaweeds production - OCEAN FARMERS (Madagaskar) guided by Fred Pascal

Ocean Farmers is a private sector venture promoting sustainable livelihoods as an alternative to fishing in coastal areas where poverty, population growth and lack of opportunities – among other factors – are putting increasing pressure on natural resources and ecosystems. In southwest Madagascar, Ocean Farmers develops a community-based contractual red seaweed farming model in 43 villages with over 1,600 smallholder farmers. It provides services to them and their communities aiming at achieving sustainability and resilience:

- On-site technical supervision of farmers and farms development

- Provision of quality farming material, harvest and post-harvest equipment and infrastructures

-Individual and collective performance-based incentive mechanisms to promote adherence to good farming and environmental practices 

- Farmers training and environmental awareness raising / bioclimatic risks strategies and management

- Concerted spatial management plans / integration within the Locally Managed Marine Areas and Marine Protected Areas strategies, through partnerships with conservation NGOs and community-based organizations

10.55 - 11.05: Seaweed research labs - SAMS (Scotland) guided by Michele Stanley 

11.05 - 11.15: Brown seaweeds conversion - ALGAIA (France) guided by Franck Hennequart 

By processing about 40,000T of fresh brown seaweeds per year, Algaia is a major player in seaweed valorisation in Europe. Initially focusing on alginate production mainly commercialized on food applications, Algaia as now implemented at an industrial scale a biorefinery strategy aiming at co-valorisation of seaweed compounds. This is now a reality as the first new ingredients generated from this strategy are commercialized a plant biostimulants, alongside our traditional alginate product range giving thus more value to the local seaweed based communities. Thanks to its dedicated team in the factory with the support of a strong R&D team, Algaia has developed more than 20 new products in the last 3 years, representing about 30% of its 2019’s Turnover. The expertise of Algaia’s team offers a solid technical support to Algaia’s customers, in more than 45 countries of the Globe. The expertise is also valorised by developing strong collaborations with national and international research groups and companies with the will to add value to any source of macro- or micro-algae  or related by-products.

After a brief description of the background of Franck Hennequart, director for research and innovation, and Algaia’s main activities, he will explain the overall strategy of Algaia towards production of alginates and related seaweed biorefinery. Main applications of algal ingredients will be illustrated and then the viewers will be brought to a virtual tour of Algaia’s factory. Franck will follow up in describing the R&D research topics and present the capacity of the Algaia team to sustain innovation on algal market though current customer technical support and novel approach on any algal biomass.

11.15 - 11.25: Seaweed biorefinery labs - TNO (Netherlands) guided by Jaap van Hal

Join the TNO seaweed processing lab. This lab has the equipment and know-how to develop your seaweed fractionation process using relevant equipment and can produce representative kg. size  samples of you intended product or master-batch. Seaweed biorefinery is part of the TNO biomass programme, which focuses on thermo-chemical conversion technologies and energy applications of sustainable biomass. TNO, The Netherland’s Organisation of Applied Scientific Research, is an independent not-for-profit research organisation in the Netherlands. Its expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations as well as the economy and the quality of society as a whole. TNO has about 3500 employees working in major applied research areas, of which energy is a leading theme. TNO’s mission is to support industry and society in general by transforming (scientific) know-how into commercially and sustainable products and processes. 

11.25 - 11.35: Automated seaweed harvesting - MURRE TECHNOLOGIES (Netherlands) guided by Huibert-Jan Zweemer

In the past 30 years, Murre Technologies has build a lot of machines for the food processing industry. The seafood processing industry is the one of the core businesses of Murre Technologies. From fishing to packing, Murre Technologies have a wide range of machines for the seafood industry. In occasion to the upcoming trend of seaweed production, Murre Technologies decided that seaweed would be a good market for them, because of our great experience in the seafood industry. In this new market, Murre Technologies has built a washing machine, drying container, and now also the planning is to build a new sowing and harvesting machine in the Interreg project: “Wier & Wind”. Together with 6 partners this project aims to install and exploit a 2 hectares sustainable seaweed farm in the North Sea nearby a windmill park. This is going to happen on the border between Flanders and The Netherlands.

11.35-11:45: Green and red seaweeds production - ALGAPLUS (Portugal) guided by Helena Abreu

ALGAplus has been dedicated since 2012 to controlled and sustainable farming of seaweed species from the Atlantic coast. 

In a 14ha Natura 2000 area with recognized ecological value, we are pioneers in Europe to do so in an innovative land-based system with organic certification throughout all process. Under the IMTA concept, in a perspective of circular bio-economy, we integrate a fish production (sea bass and sea bream) also organic certified. Our seaweed production consists mainly of green (Ulva rigida and Codium tomentosum), and red (Porphyra spp., Gracilaria gracilis and Palmaria palmata) species, being the only European commercial-scale hatchery of Atlantic Nori (Porphyra dioica and Porphyra umbilicalis). The company is upscaling its production, hoping to reach at least 160tons (ww) in 2022. Dried, fresh and frozen biomass is sold to the food, cosmetics and R&D sectors.

11.45-11.55: GRACILARIAS DE PANAMA (Panama) guided by Gloria Batista de Vega.

guided by Scott Lindell

Visit the laboratories where University of Connecticut and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution maintain own stock cultures of hundreds of gametophytes collected from all over the NE US, and that support our concerted genomic sugar kelp breeding program. Follow the process of preparing and planting hundreds of families on "common garden" research kelp farms. View the team harvesting and phenotyping of all those kelp families. Ask question about the process and goals of breeding program.

12:05 Closure of conference