Seagriculture Speaker

Seagriculture Asia-Pacific

8 - 9 February 2023


Dr Maya Puspita, Seaweed Specialist & Marine Biologist, Manager, SELT Alga Indonesia, Head of R&D, Indonesian Seaweed Association (ARLI), Indonesia

About the speaker: 

Dr Maya brings to the company extensive experience as a Seaweed specialist and Marine Biology, throughout Asia, Africa and Europe. She shares a strong passion to work with communities developing the marine in PNG

Dr Maya’s career started dedication to the marine industry in 2002, when she commenced her Bachelor Degree in Marine Science. She joined the Indonesian Seaweed Association (ARLI) as Project Officer then promoted to Executive Director in 2018 and she decided to involve in the association as the Head of Research and Development in 2019 until present. In addition to her active part in association, she was a Project Coordinator in the Green Economy Growth Program, a collaboration project with LTS International under the United Kingdom Climate Change Unit. In 2020, she was assigned as the Manager of SELT Alga Indonesia, a seaweed trading company.

For the past six years, she gains experiences in the following fields, they are hydrocolloid industries and global market for seaweed, seaweed farming activity, marine affairs and fisheries regulations, policies and standard in national and international point of view. Furthermore, she understands well on the export activity of fisheries products and the licences especially related to the standards on Good Aquaculture Practice (GAP), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Hazard Analytical Critical Control Point (HACCP). She manages to establish Sanitation Standard Operating Procedure (SSOP) for a company and other related SOPs for the production of fisheries products, particularly for seaweed.

Her educational qualification includes:

  • Doctor in Biologie Marine Vannes Université Bretagne Sud France
  • Doctor in Coastal Ressource Management Semarang Universitas Diponegoro Indonesia
  • Master in Biologie Marine Brest Université de Bretagne Occidentale France
  • Master in Coastal Ressource Management Semarang Universitas Diponegoro Indonesia
  • Bachelor Degree in Marine Science Marine Semarang Universitas Diponegoro


1) When was the first time you got involved with seaweeds and why?

The first time I got involved with seaweed was actually during my college years, master and doctoral study. Then in 2016, I met the Chairman of Indonesian Seaweed Association in Denmark at ISS 2016, it is a 3 yearly international symposium on seaweed. He encouraged me to dive in further in the world of seaweed by involving me in every project this association has related to seaweed farming and business even with regulation issues. Ever since, I have been working with seaweed not only under the pretext of theoretical knowledge but also the practical.

2) What is your view on the Asia-Pacific seaweed industry in 2030?

I am visioning the industry of seaweed will grow exponentially throughout the year, and by the year 2030, seaweed will integrate more in our daily life, for example perhaps as staple food. Not only that, we can also see seaweed-based materials, like clothes, shoes, bags, cosmetics, etc. in our daily basis.

As we all know, the application of seaweed is remarkable and diverse, so there is no wonder if seaweed industries will rise in the future. Nevertheless, the growth will need to be supported with sustainable supply chain as well as technology.

3) What will you be talking about at Seagriculture Asia-Pacific 2023?

I will mostly talk about the existing of seaweed industries in Indonesia, like where we are, what we are doing, what are the challenges we are facing, and any related subjects.