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Seagriculture 2018

7th International Seaweed Conference

6-7 November, Galway, Ireland

Governance and the Sustainable Scale up of production and processing of seaweed


08.00 – 09.00 Registration
09.00 – 09.10 Conference Opening
09.10 – 11.10 Session 1: Regulatory environment of seaweed farming
Chairman: Stefan Kraan, Aquaceuticals Ltd, IRL

"Seaweed and the EU; where do we stand"

Dr. Stefan Kraan
Chief Scientific Officer, Aquaceuticals Ltd, IRL


"Marine Permaculture to Regenerate Ocean Productivity"

Brian von Herzen
Executive Director, The Climate Foundation, USA

"European standards for algae. Introduction to the development of 10 European documents for algae

Indra te Ronde, MSc
Standardization Consultant, Netherlands Standardization Institute (NEN), NL

"Seaweed and the Paris Climate Accords"

Koen van Swam
Coordinator North Sea Farm Foundation, NL

11.10 – 11.40 Coffee break and networking carousel

11.40 – 12.50 Session 2: What is an economical sustainable scale on farming seaweed in Europe?

Chairman: Lucy Watson, Aquaculture Technical Specialist, BIM, IRL

11.40 -12.00 
"Support & mitigate risks in seaweed supply chain to better feed the world of tomorrow"

Vincent Doumeizel

Vice President Food & Sustainability at Lloyd's Register, UK


"Upscaling the economics and cooperation’s"

John van Leeuwen

CEO, Seaweed Harvest Holland, NL


"Seaweed cultivation and meaningful scale of economics"

Olavur Gregersen
Managing Director, Ocean Rainforest, FO

12.50 - 14.15 Networking lunch break / poster sessions

14.15 – 15.35 Session 3: What are the critical success factors for scaling up?
Chairman: Maria Hayes, Scientific Research Officer, Teagasc, IRL

 "Market based instruments to address environmental and social issues on seaweed cultivation and harvest"

Patricia Bianchi
Stewardship Council and Marine Stewardship Council, UK

"Mechanisation of seawed farming: a critical factor for a trully sustainable upscaling of the seawed sector"

Bernadete Castro
Founder, AlgaeMech Engineering and Consultancy, NL


"Critical considerations for the design of scalable macroalgal cultivation systems"

Marc von Keitz, Ph.D.
Program Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), USA

"The 4 phases of market development; critical factors for scaling up"

Joost Wouters

SeaEO,The Seaweed Company BV, IRL and NL

15.35 – 16.05 Coffee break and networking carousel

16.05 – 17.05 Session 4: Critical Factors for upscaling in food and nonfood sector, feed, medicine and new applications

Chairman: Willem Brandenburg, Seaweed Guru, NL

16.05 -16.25
"Land-based cultivation of two Atlantic nori species: Porphyra dioica & Porphyra umbilicalis"

Helena ABREU
Managing Director, ALGAplus, PT


"New Applications for Marine Biopolymers"

Henry Lyons
Scientific Director, Nutramara, IRL

"Critical Factors for upscaling a vertically integrated seaweed business" 

Fiona Houston
Co-Founder, Mara® Seaweed, UK


08.00 – 09.00 Registration

09.00 – 10.20 Session 5: Species; current and future target species, from strain to sea crop

Chairman: Willem Brandenburg, Seaweed Guru, NL


"Hatchery Cultivation of Macroalgae – An Irish Perspective"

Freddie O Mahony

Company Director, Cartron Point Shellfish Ltd., IRL

"Seasonal and genotypic variation in productivity and chemical composition of sea lettuce"

Adrie van der Werf
Senior scientist, Wageningen University & Research, NL

"Perspectives in Marine Active Cosmetic Ingredients: Macroalgae Culture as New opportunities"

Rémi Laville
Innovation & development - Active Biotechnology Manager, BiotechMarine - Seppic, FR

"The Realities of farming and Marketing Kelp in Ireland, a Private Sector Perspective"

Kate Burns
Managing Director of Islander Kelp Ltd, IRL

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

David Millard
Regional Development Officer, BIM, IRL

10.20 – 10.40 Coffee break and networking carousel

10.40 – 12.20 Session 6: How can we make the seaweed market grow?

Chairman: Pi Nyvall Collén, Olmix, FR

"Increasing seaweed awareness"

John Fitzgerald

Atlantic Irish Seaweed, IRL

 "Positive business cases outlook; - Orchestrated Cascaded Value Extraction - through NOVEL (bio-) technology"

Theo Verleun
Biotech & biomass business development expert / consultant, LIGAROS, NL

Twenty years on: Seaweed aquaculture research in Northern Ireland"

Matt Dring

Professor Emeritus, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Dairy processing technologies and seaweeds – overcoming production challenges"

Maria Hayes
Scientific Research Officer, Teagasc, IRL

Making Plants for the Future"

Prannie Rhatigan
Irish Seaweed Kitchen, IRL

12.20 – 12.35 Conference summary and words of thanks

12.35 – until approx. 16.00 Site visit

Connemara Abalone Farm
The secret of successful aquaculture can be simply stated: clean water, good food, and a comfortable environment. They can provide all this through a combination of location and technology. They are located in an area where the ocean water is naturally pure and our abalone’s favourite seaweed (palmeria palmata and laminaria) is abundant. They use the very latest 
re-circulation technology to keep the animals safe and warm in a controlled environment in on-shore tanks.
Their abalone are fed locally-harvested seaweed only (no artificial substitutes or additives), and kept in pristine waters that are constantly filtered and cleaned. The seaweed branches are cut with a small blade (so the plant remains attached to its rock and can re-generate itself), or simply collected after they torn off and washed up by the frequent storms that pass over this part of the world.
As evidenced by their enthusiasm for eating, growing, and reproducing, our abalone are as happy as, well, clams - only much more substantial, and much, much tastier! In fact, abalone are the most efficient way known to nature of converting seaweed to white protein.
Coral Beach Carraroe
The site visit will include a stop at coral beach (maerl) at Carraroe for seaweed collection.
The coral sand is in fact detached red calcified seaweed, maërl or otherwise known as coralline algae which forms the beach and feels like fine gravel underfoot. These are known as “coral strands” and are found at several places along the Connemara coast. This is a beautiful beache with different sized “coral” fragments.

Connemara Seaweed Company

Connemara Seaweed Company provide hand harvested, sustainable, kelp and seaweed products for human consumption through health supplements and edible products.