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Seagriculture 2018

7th International Seaweed Conference

6-7 November, Galway, Ireland

Meet your conference speakers

John Fitzgerald

Atlantic Irish Seaweed, IRL

"Increasing seaweed awareness"

As a long standing seaweed grazer Johns’ scientific background and love of the sea led him to research the many seaweeds that thrive in our temperate waters. Johns’ avid interest in history has led him to research the intriguing story of seaweed use throughout the ages. He spent many of his summers fishing in and on the seawaters of South Kerry and at one stage spent some years studying leather technology which resulted in his turning the skin of salmon into leather.


Awareness of seaweeds as an exciting and super-healthy foodstuff can be increased by getting more and more people to partake in foraging tours where they get to taste several seaweeds and seaweed based snacks. By Targeting a wide range of potential consumers, schools, youth groups, adult groups along with culinary tourists and native holidaymakers we can help people overcome initial barriers and become comfortable with and confident enough to begin to include seaweeds in their diet thus organically making the seaweed market grow.