Seagriculture Speaker

Seagriculture Asia-Pacific

8 - 9 February 2023

Online

Seaweed farming: the essentials of scaling the opportunity

Job Schipper, Partner, Advisor, SWD Connectors, The Netherlands

About the speaker: 

Job Schipper is an independent advisor/consultant for the seaweed industry with the company SEAWISER.  Job is specialized in propagation, seeding, and cultivation of kelp species. With a background in horticulture, seed technology, laboratory management and business/sales/marketing,  he founded Hortimare in 2008 to be the first ‘seed’ and breeding company for seaweed in Europe. 

Today, together with three consultants, he is involved in Seaweed Connectors (www.swdconnectors.com), advising globally to companies and authorities on almost any kind of seaweed-related topics.

With a small team of researchers, SEAWISER works on research projects in their own laboratory facility, improving propagation and seeding technologies. Recently the first 2-step direct seeding machine (SEASEEDER) has been brought to the market.


Company info: 

Seaweed Connectors (SWD Connectors) provides seaweed consultancy services. Field of expertise ranging from seaweed propagation towards seaweed processing and extraction technologies.


Presentation: 

Over the last decade seaweed farming has been developing in Europe, the America’s and Australia / New Zealand. However compared to Asia, the acreages are still very small and the produced biomass too little to attract large industries. Scaling of the seaweed farms to a unit production of around 10.000 ton wet weight, would reduce the cost price and make seaweed as a raw material much more interesting for industrial applications.

Several projects have been initiated to develop seaweed cultivation rigs which allow moving further offshore. Most elementary however is the farm site selection. In this talk we review recent scientific research work and complement this with our team experience. Important selection criteria, such as bio-fouling and nutrient supply will be discussed with respect to cultivation approach and yield. An example on the organizational and planning aspects and connection to the processing industry will be discussed.


Keywords:

Seaweed; cultivation; offshore; site selection; nutrients; ERP

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