arrow_drop_up arrow_drop_down

Seagriculture 2018

7th International Seaweed Conference

6-7 November, Galway, Ireland

Meet your conference speakers

David Millard,

Regional Development Officer, BIM, IRL

 "What are the Critical Success Factors for Scaling up Macroalgal production?"

David works for Bord Iascaigh Mhara who help to develop the Irish Seafood Industry by providing technical expertise, business support, funding, training and promoting responsible environmental practice.

David first completed a joint honours degree in Marine Biology / Oceanography from UCNW, Bangor in 1990 and then a post graduate masters in Aquaculture from UCC in 1994. Since then he has worked in research with UCC, industry first as commercial diver/biologist and subsequebtly production manager for Gaelic Seafoods (a salmon farming company), the Inland Fisheries Board, as a private consultant which led to his present employers where he acts as a first point of contact for aquaculture development.

He has a strong interest in seaweeds, their production, collection and uses, having set up a number of businesses in this field and hopes to grow this aspect of his career.

Seaweed farming within Ireland is still in its infancy relative to Asian countries, BIM has been actively involved in land and sea based culture for over fifteen years and has built up extensive knowledge in this exciting field. We have had notable hatchery and on-growing success, especially in regard to the brown macro algal species and we continue to support this sector whilst working on the development of red macro algal species. Despite this potential, apart from one notable exception we still have not seen the expansion expected. Cultivation techniques have been vastly improved along with the development of larger scale processing techniques. Licensing, often highlighted as the bottle neck is becoming less of the obvious issue, it is time now for all sectors to come together to drive this industry forward.