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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.