Seagriculture Speaker

Seagriculture USA

6 - 7 September 2023

Portland, ME, USA

Innovation challenges in seaweed aquaculture

Dr. Jang K. Kim, Professor, Incheon National University, South Korea

About the speaker:

Dr. Jang K. Kim is a Professor of Marine Science at Incheon National University, Korea. During the past 25 years, his research has focused on interactions between marine algae and their environment. He is most interested in seaweed aquaculture and its applications, environmentally sustainable aquaculture, and ecosystem services provided by seaweeds. 

Dr. Kim has received numerous research projects from international and domestic funding agencies, including, USEPA, USDA, NOAA, Sea Grant, National Research Foundation of Korea, Mistry of Oceans and Fisheries of Korea, Ministry of Environment, National Institute of Fisheries Science, etc. Through these projects, he developed technologies of open water and land-based seaweed aquaculture, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA), a technology of integrating seaweed into a biofloc system, and seaweed-based carbon dioxide removal. He also evaluated ecosystem functions of seaweeds.

Dr. Kim has served on various international, national, provincial and municipal committees including, UNDP/GEF YSLME Steering Committee, Advisory Committee of Yellow Sea Peace Forum, Coastal Management Planning Committee of Korea, Coastal Management Council of Incheon, Incheon Fisheries Forum, etc.


Korea is one of the most advanced countries in seaweed aquaculture. Seaweed aquaculture industry have grown dramatically, but there are still many challenges to overcome, including developing new cultivars considering global climate change, and developing environmentally sustainable cultivation technologies, diversifying species, and new seaweed products and markets. More details about the history, current technologies and future directions of seaweed aquaculture in Korea will be presented. This paper will also discuss the carbon dioxide removal (CDR) capacities of seaweed with case studies in Korea and elsewhere.