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Through its bi-annual Call for Proposals, the Safe Seaweed Coalition intends to fund sector-building projects to accelerate growth in the seaweed industry, from cultivation through processing to new product development. The proposals awarded funding address the Coalition’s three safety focus areas: consumer, environmental, and operational. 

2021 Cohort

Banco Español de Algas (BEA – Spanish Bank of Algae) is creating a reference collection of seaweed from Macronesia to conserve biological diversity of the local seaweed and ocean life.

The Alfred Wegener Institute is implementing the SeaStrains Workshop, a Europe-wide strategy to conserve genetic seaweed resources under the threat of global change through a centralized biobank.

The University of Malaya in Malaysia is creating a global taxonomic framework for the carrageenan industry to benefit biobanking, breeding, and quality control

Universidad Austral de Chile aspires to characterize and biobank pests and pathogens of pelillo to develop tools that will aid in risk management as related to biosecurity.

The Marine Environment and Resources Foundation at the University of the Philippines is seeking to select and curate safe and healthy eucheumatoids for the continued health of the local seaweed industry.

Sea Health Products aims to introduce commercial-scale kelp farming to Australia by developing hatchery techniques for the development of the local seaweed industry.

The Kelp Forest Foundation is examining the impact of kelp cultivation on biodiversity by using environmental DNA samples from around kelp forests to monitor the changes in biodiversity over time.

Sea PoWer, Tanzania, a seaweed farming innovation for women’s empowerment, working through Aqua-Farms to provide livelihoods for women amidst the challenges presented by climate change.

Yunus Foundation in Thailand will develop a social business model for the safe and sustainable growth of the local seaweed industry.

Ningbo University will provide technical training for seaweed cultivation and safe production through safety manuals, online courses, and workshops for international training purposes.

Notpla Limited, a company located in England, will create a pilot program for seaweed-based packaging while providing consumers with information about where and how seaweed used in the biomaterial is produced.

B’ZEOS AS, a Norwegian organization aspires to bring food-safe seaweed to commercial markets packaging by addressing legal and regulatory obstacles.

Universidad de Los Lagos will develop a standardized seaweed composition, quality evaluation, and waste reduction framework within the Americas through The Coalition for Safe Seaweeds in the Americas.

The SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth will create a framework for Baltic seaweed bio safety by creating environmental guidance, recommendations, and position papers addressing monitoring and license conditions for cultivating seaweed in the Baltic Sea.

Ocean Farmers is securing the sustainability and safety of the seaweed cultivation industry in Madagascar by collecting, cataloguing, and identifying superior cultivars for commercial production along with a biosecurity policy.

2022 Cohort

Blue[c]weed in New Caledonia is launching a South Pacific Seaweed Working Group to address safety issues and the lack of standards that may hinder the development and diversification of the seaweed industry in the region.

Société de Pêche de Sainte-Marie / Nosy Boraha Seaweed (NBS) in Madagascar is creating an innovative solution to provide ocean data to understand ecosystem services seaweed farming brings and accelerate the development of sustainable seaweed production.

National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technologies in Tunisia is enhancing tunisian capacities for seaweed production and biotechnology and highlighting the seaweed sector potentialities in the South Mediterranean Region.

GreenWave in USA is developing and promoting safe post-harvest handling packaging, and storage best practices and resources for kelp farmers and other industry stakeholders

Coast 4C in Philippines will pilot a proven typhoon-resistant platform as a sea-based nursery to accelerate biomass recovery of high-quality seedlings in the aftermath of super typhoon Rai (Odette).

Healthy Seaweed Co. Limited in Tanzania is investigating and assessing the nutritional values of seaweed and seaweed based foods made from Tanzania to increase safety and wellbeing for consumers.

Ocean Approved LLC in USA is testing for heavy metals and nutritional variances at 27 farms over an entire growing season spanning a distance of over 325 km and four natural embayments to inform site selection to minimize heavy-metal uptake and nutritional density on future farms.

Senegalese Institute for Agricultural Research (ISRA) in Senegal is improving processing and cultivation of the rhodophyte Meristhotheca senegalensis, a good source of iodine and carrageenan, to drive further developments in the local seagriculture.