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Seagriculture USA

7 - 8 September 2022

Portland, ME, USA

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Seagriculture USA 2022 successfully held for the first time! 

On 7 & 8 September the first edition of Seagriculture USA took place at the Westin Portland Harborview in Portland, Maine. The conference welcomed 279 attendees from 172 companies and 11 countries worldwide: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and the USA.

Some 27 speakers presented their topics during a 2-day conference program which included special features such as an innovation award ceremony, investment panel and a live cooking demo sponsored by Atlantic Sea Farms.


DLG BENELUX, a subsidiary of DLG International, from The Netherlands, held the international conference Seagriculture USA 2022 for the first time in Portland, Maine. The USA edition comes in addition to the European edition of Seagriculture and will be held annually. Being the hotspot for the seaweed industry in North America the state of Maine proudly sponsored this first international seaweed conference in the USA. The conference was sponsored by the exclusive event sponsors; Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Maine Technology Institute (MTI), Maine International Trade Center (MITC) and Maine North Atlantic Development Office (MENADO).


The first edition of Seagriculture USA focused thematically on the cultivation of macroalgae and the implementation of new innovative approaches in the USA and beyond. Keynote speakers were Charles Yarish (Professor Emeritus, The University of Connecticut, USA), Silje Forbord (Senior Research Scientist, PhD, SINTEF Ocean, Norway), Scott Lindell (Research Specialist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA) and Jeff Hafting (Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Acadian Seaplants Limited, Canada).

In numerous sessions, experts from various research institutes and companies presented their expertise on the most relevant topics. Read more in the Press Release. 


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September 2022


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Seagriculture Conference will be held in North America for the first time!

For the first time the Seagriculture conference is being organized in the USA and will take place in the incredible Westin Portland Harborview in Portland, Maine, on 7 & 8 September. The Seagriculture conference in Europe has been successfully organized since 2012 and has built up a solid reputation as the leading conference for the seaweed industry, Seagriculture USA comes as an addition to the European edition.

Within 7 sessions and several keynote presentations some 27 seaweed experts from North America and Europe will be presenting numerous industry topics, which range from using seaweed to benefit the climate to innovative solutions for seaweed farming & processing, seaweed as a natural capital investment and much more. Some 300 conference attendees are expected to be in Portland for Seagriculture USA 2022!

Seagriculture USA is being supported and sponsored by our Exclusive Event Sponsors: the state of Maine.

Being the hotspot for the seaweed industry in North America the state of Maine is proudly supporting and sponsoring this first international seaweed conference in the USA. The conference is being supported and sponsored by Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Maine Technology Institute (MTI), Maine International Trade Center (MITC) and Maine North Atlantic Development Office (MENADO).


Seagriculture: where seaweed industry and academia meet! Read more in the latest Press Release!


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August 2022


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Global Seafood Alliance – dedicated to advancing responsible seafood practices through education, advocacy and third-party assurances since 1997! 


One of the goals of Seagriculture is to bring together world seaweed experts to discuss the importance of growing seaweed, share experiences and help conference delegates make new contacts that will help develop the seaweed industry better. An organization whose goal is also to unite like-minded people is the Global Seafood Alliance, Gold Media Sponsor of Seagriculture USA.


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The Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) is an international non-governmental organization dedicated to advancing responsible seafood practices through education, advocacy and third-party assurances. GSA convenes seafood industry leaders, academia and NGOs to collaborate on cross-cutting issues like environmental and social responsibility, animal health and welfare, food safety and more. GSA is a membership-driven organization. Members include certified producers, corporations and individuals.


GSA is a friend and ally to thousands of seafood professionals worldwide. Working together in pre-competitive ways, we have the power to advance the cause of responsible seafood. Membership with Global Seafood Alliance is a rewarding and advantageous experience for your business. Read more in the Press Release. 


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August 2022

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Metal Production with a network of 100+ subcontractors in the Baltic Region aims to help startups in global challenges facing the blue industry. 


Seagriculture Conference is going to the USA for the first together with innovative engineering companies from Europe. Metal Production, Seagriculture’s Gold Sponsor at the same time Sponsor of Investment in Seaweed Session, is a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) strong in designing, modeling, and producing non-standard upstream, midstream, downstream equipment for aquafarming, marine, and offshore industries.


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To further escalate the development of the seaweed industry, Metal Production and their partners preparing for a venture capital launch and looking for lead investors, total estimation of the fund - is 18 million Euros. They plan to invest in 12 start-ups oriented to sustainable hardware and cutting-edge technological solutions for the seaweed industry. They are looking forward to successful corporations.

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Today Metal Production UAB and PurSea AS developing the first industrial-grade seaweed freezer in a transportable container and looking for seaweed farmers who are interested in this equipment. Read more in the Press Release. 


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August 2022

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Murre Technologies – ideal partner for seaweed harvesting and processing! 


The Seagriculture Conference has been successfully held in Europe for 11 years and will be held for the first time in North America, bringing some innovative European companies. One of these companies is Murre Technologies, Silver Sponsor of Seagriculture USA.


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Currently, Murre Technologies works on several projects regarding seaweed harvesting and processing.

For harvesting Murre Technologies continues developing own system EasyFarm. It is a complete and thoroughly developed system for the cultivation and harvesting of mussel seed, mussels and seaweed in the vertical water column.

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Additionally, the company is focusing on the washing of the seaweed. A third project Murre Technologies currently works on, is the blanching of seaweed. Finally, the company is working on sorting seaweed. Read more in the Press Release. 


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August 2022

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Cascadia Seaweed is on a mission to improve human health, support coastal communities and heal the Earth.


The success of the Seagriculture Conference lies in the active work of companies from different fields. Working with seaweed farmers helps highlight the importance of this aquaculture sector. Seaweed can be used to make sustainable fertilizers, cosmetics, furniture, clothes, and also be used for producing food, softening the carbon footprint on the planet. 

One company is Cascadia Seaweed, Seagriculture’s Bronze Sponsor, which is the only vertically integrated seaweed company combining science and cultivation know-how, First Nations partnerships and progressive brand development. 

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Cascadia Seaweed is growing to be the largest North American provider of ocean cultivated seaweed for food, feed, and other valuable market verticals.

The foods we eat have a significant impact on the health of the planet. In the summer of 2020, Cascadia Seaweed launched a new brand, Kove Ocean Foods, for the climate-conscious consumer.

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This is not just another food brand, this is a snack with purpose! Cascadia Seaweed believes that ocean farming is the future of food, and they are here to share how much seaweed has to offer with food products in a variety of categories. 


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August 2022

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North American Kelp on the tranquil coast of Maine harvests seaweed and cooperates with local and national organizations to produce sustainable kelp products. 


The Seagriculture Conference brings together the world's top experts from various industries, large corporations and small companies, environmental organizations and foundations who are united in their work on seaweed.

The organizers appreciate the support of local companies and are glad to see North American Kelp as a Gold Sponsor of the Seagriculture USA.

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North American Kelp has been a trusted source for responsibly and sustainably harvested kelp products for 50 years. During that time, they have never steered away from producing high quality kelp meals, soluble powders, and liquid extracts in the Midcoast region of Maine.


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August 2022

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Atlantic Sea Farms to organize live cooking event during Seagriculture USA 2022!


Seagriculture USA 2022, the first international seaweed conference in North America will take place from 7 - 8 September 2022 in Portland, Maine.

In addition to the sponsoring of the state of Maine, the organizers are pleased to announce the sponsorship of a live cooking event by Atlantic Sea Farms.

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The founders of Atlantic Sea Farms created the first commercially viable seaweed farm in the United States in 2009. Today, under new leadership, Atlantic Sea Farms' goal is to diversify opportunities for working waterfront communities by building a market for domestic, fresh, healthy alternatives to imported seaweed products on behalf of their partner farmers....


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July 2022

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During Seagriculture EU 2022 Murre Technologies from The Netherlands participated to meet new contacts and discuss with partners from the Seaweed community about their latest developments and products.


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Did you know that Murre Technologies will also be present at Seagriculture USA 2022?

Murre Technologies is building a harvester that harvests the seaweed from the cultivation nets in the sea. Sowing seaweed is also part of the EasyFarm concept, which is why they supply the complete system for harvesting and sowing the seaweed. Murre Technologies has developed a complete washing and drying solution for the processing of seaweed.

Meet Murre Technologies at Seagriculture USA 2022!


More info: www.murre.nl/en/seaweed/


July 2022

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Seagriculture 2022 USA Conference is delighted to announce Murre Technology, as a new silver sponsor!


Murre Technologies has been supplying the EasyFarm system with which mussel seed cultivation is possible, for almost 20 years. This is a complete and thoroughly developed system for growing and harvesting mussels and mussel seed in the vertical water column. Murre Technologies also has its own processing machines for the seafood industry.

 

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Seaweed cultivation and processing is our next development. Murre Technologies is building a harvester that harvests the seaweed from the cultivation nets in the sea. Sowing seaweed is also part of the EasyFarm concept, which is why they supply the complete system for harvesting and sowing the seaweed. Murre Technologies has developed a complete washing and drying solution for the processing of seaweed


More than 25 speakers will share their knowledge, expertise and above all passion for all aspects of seaweed farming. Not only the speakers will focus on the technical aspects of seaweed farming but also aspects such as ecosystems, marketing, supply chain, sustainability and future developments.


March 2022

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“With support of the state of Maine the organisers of the Seagriculture conference launch USA edition in 2022!”

The organisers of the Seagriculture Conference, DLG Benelux, are pleased to announce the launch of Seagriculture USA, the first international seaweed conference in North America. Seagriculture USA will take place from 7-8 September 2022 in Portland, Maine. 


Being the hotspot for the seaweed industry in North America the state of Maine is proudly supporting this first international seaweed conference in the USA. The conference is being supported by Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Maine Technology Institute (MTI), Maine International Trade Center (MITC) and Maine North Atlantic Development Office (MENADO). 


The Seagriculture conference has built up a solid reputation as the leading conference for the Seaweed industry, Seagriculture has been successfully organised since 2012. The USA edition comes in addition to the European conference which takes place every year in another country in Europe. By expanding Seagriculture to the USA the organisers aim to create synergy between both events as well as to contribute to knowledge exchange

between Europe and North America and foster a dialogue for the rapidly growing seaweed industry. The choice to host the first edition of Seagriculture USA in Portland, Maine, is a natural one. The state of Maine has been at the forefront of the developing seaweed industry in the USA and the state is actively supporting the industry. In 2018, the total haul of farmed seaweed in Maine was around 54,000 pounds, then grew to 280,000 pounds in 2019. A projection from the Island Institute suggests that the annual take could top more than 3 million pounds by 2035.


Also, internationally the seaweed industry is booming, according to Fortune Business Insights the global commercial seaweed size is projected to reach USD 23.04 billion by 2027 (USD 13.33 billion in 2019), exhibiting a CAGR of 5,8% during the forecast period. By adding Seagriculture USA to the portfolio the organizers want to make a positive impact on the seaweed industry and community and make the connection between Europe and
North America enabling industry professionals to learn from one another.


The European edition of Seagriculture will next year be organised in June in order to accommodate the USA edition in September. The organisers of Seagriculture are proud to work with the different state organisations from the state of Maine and strongly believe that both events will strengthen one another creating a dedicated platform for the entire industry.

October 2021


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On 15 & 16 September the tenth edition of Seagriculture took place in an online format. Although that the tenth edition took place online the organizers have worked very hard to arrange a great lineup of speakers and added new features such as the Seaweed Quiz, European Union – Seagriculture Algae Innovation Awards and a special USA night session focusing on seaweed activities in the USA.


More than 25 speakers from 11 countries worldwide shared their knowledge, expertise and above all passion for all aspects of seaweed farming. Not only the speakers focused on the technical aspects of seaweed farming but also aspects such as ecosystems, marketing, supply chain, sustainability and future developments were addressed.

With over 180 registrations this edition of Seagriculture was the best-attended event so far. This clearly shows that the seaweed community is growing and that seaweed professionals are interested in a platform such as Seagriculture to share knowledge and connect with other professionals in the industry. In addition to the high number of registrations, it was remarkable that the attendees were coming from all over the globe, overcoming different time zones. In total Seagriculture welcomed participants from 27 countries.

On 16th September, Felix Leinemann, Head of Unit Blue Economy Sectors, Aquaculture and Maritime Spatial Planning, European Commission, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries handed out the European Union – Seagriculture Algae Innovation Award to: Green Technology Research Institute, CPC Corporation, from Taiwan - Gold, THE BLUE FUTURE from Spain - Silver and Rhodomaxx SDN BHD from Malaysia – Bronze and audience award.

In total 16 innovations were submitted from all over the globe of which 40% were submitted from Europe, this underlines the innovative character of the seaweed industry.

Transitioning to a sustainable blue economy requires investing in innovative technologies. Whether this is in wave or tidal energy, algae production, development of innovative fishing gear or restoration of marine ecosystems, the objective is to create new green jobs and businesses in the blue economy.

By funding the Seagriculture Innovation Awards the European Commission shows its commitment to transitioning to a sustainable blue economy and offers entrepreneurs and academia the possibility to contribute to this transformation by highlighting their innovative services and products which could make a positive impact on our blue economy.

During the USA night session, Dana Eidsness, director of the MENADO at Maine International Trade Center introduced Seagriculture USA 2022, which will be held on 7-8 September in Portland Maine.

Maine is one of the hotspots for seaweed farming in the USA so the choice for Portland, Maine, comes as a natural one. Seagriculture USA is being sponsored by: Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Maine Technology Institute (MTI), Maine International Trade Center (MITC) and Maine North Atlantic Development Office (MENADO).

The USA edition comes in addition to the European edition of Seagriculture which will next year be held in Bremerhaven, Germany and which is being supported by Bremerhavener Gesellschaft für Investitionsförderung und Stadtentwicklung mbH. Seagriculture EU will be held on 29-30 June 2022. By organizing 2 annual editions of Seagriculture the organizers believe that they can even better serve the growing seaweed community, not only in Europe but now also in North America.

The organizers would like to thank all sponsors, speakers, chairs and partners for making Seagriculture 2021 a great success and supporting us in building an even greater platform for the seaweed community in the future.

More information on the 2022 editions of Seagriculture will be available soon on www.seagriculture.eu and www.seagriculture-usa.com

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