Conference Program

Seagriculture USA

11 - 12 September 2024

Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

Theme of Seagriculture USA 2024: Exploring New Frontiers

The theme of Seagriculture USA 2024, Exploring New Frontiers, embodies the spirit of innovation and discovery of the seaweed industry's evolution in the United States. This theme resonates with the pioneering efforts in cultivating seaweed in Alaska's unique environment – a testament to venturing into uncharted waters.

It's an invitation to stakeholders from various sectors to come together, share ideas, and forge new paths, aiming to transform challenges into opportunities. This theme is a beacon for collective action, steering the future of the seaweed industry towards sustainable and economically viable paths.

Program is tentative and subject to changes.

Conference day 1: Wednesday 11 September 2024
Session 1: Past, present and future of the Alaskan seaweed industry 

During this session, we will have a close look at the Alaskan seaweed industry, how and when it all started, what the status is today, and where it is all moving in the last frontier state.

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Markos Scheer, Founder & CEO, Seagrove, USA

Session 2: Investing in seaweedsDuring this session, seaweed business and investment experts will share their vision on the seaweed industry in the USA and abroad, on needs and expectations, and on what the next steps should be.

An investor’s perspective

Jason Mitchell, Co-Founder, Norfolk Green Ventures, USA

International Finance Corporation’s approach to investing in seaweed production and application technologies in emerging markets

Ivan Ivanov, Global Lead for Sustainable Protein Advisory Services, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Vietnam

Session 3: Panel discussion: Marketing seaweeds and the seaweed industry

If we want to establish a flourishing seaweed industry in the USA in the coming years, which is at the same scale as agriculture, marketing of seaweeds and the seaweed industry will be very important. Our panelists will discuss various aspects of this interesting topic. 

Moderator

Jenn Brown, Founder & CEO, Foraged & Found, USA

Panelist

Lia Heifetz, Co-founder, Barnacle Foods, USA

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Jeremy Woodrow, Executive Director, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, USA

Session 4: Ask a Kelp Farmer

This session brings together a diverse panel of farmers from three high producing US regions (Kodiak, Alaska; Prince Williams Sound, Alaska; and Casco Bay, Maine). Each panel member will share their unique perspective on the industry, its challenges, and what’s happening in their respective regions.  A question and answer session will follow. Conference participants can submit questions in advance or ask during the session.

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Moderator

David Bailey, Director of Farmer Advancement, GreenWave, USA

Seaweed Elevator PitchesThe Seaweed Elevator Pitches offer a unique, fast-paced, and diverse session where presenters have five minutes to deliver a concise, impactful presentation on their activities and innovative ideas. All topics are possible as long as they deal with seaweeds.

The Alaska seaweed biomining project

Schery Umanzor, Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

Increasing farm yield: co-culturing of two kelp species

Michael Stekoll, Professor Emeritus, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Southeast, USA

Improving the farm while protecting the wild: using genetics to preserve kelp biodiversity

Griffin Hill, PhD Candidate, Nord University, Norway

Challenges with securing aquaculture permits in California

David Willett, Founder, Santa Barbara Sea Ranch, USA

Lessons learned marketing seaweed products in the U.S.

Mike Blakeley, Founder & Director, Seagreen Insights, USA

Where we are and where we're going - an update and next steps for Ocean Rainforest's offshore work in California

Eliza Harrison, Director of California Operations, Ocean Rainforest, USA

Innovative applications of marine technologies in kelp farming: a case study of the Blue Robotics and Ocean Rainforest partnership

Tyler Buckingham, Strategy & Engagement in the Blue Economy, Blue Robotics, USA

Start 6.30 pm: Taste of Ketchikan at the Lumberjack Show
Conference day 2: Thursday 12 September 2024

Session 5: Innovations in seaweed biorefinery and applications

There is a lot of innovation ongoing in the processing and application of seaweeds in various areas. During this session, three speakers will present their recent work.

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Theo Verleun, CEO, GOA-Ventures BV, The Netherlands

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Jenn Brown, Founder & CEO, Foraged & Found, USA

Seaweed down under – overview of the seaweed industry in Australia

Jo Lane, CEO, Sea Health Products, Australia

Session 6: Exploring New Frontiers 

The theme of this year’s conference is Exploring New Frontiers. During this session, experts from around the world will present examples of how they explored new frontiers related to seaweeds.

Alaska mariculture insights

Nitzan Unger, Senior Project Manager, Hatch Innovation Services, Norway

Searching for seaweed solutions: genetic information needs to inform a growing Alaska mariculture industry

Jessica Whitney, Research Professional, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

Session 7: Panel discussion: How to accelerate the US seaweed industry?

During this panel discussion, various stakeholders will discuss the status of the US seaweed industry, and the challenges that need to be overcome to accomplish a thriving US seaweed industry.

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Clément Hochart, Founding Partner, SCOBY Collective, USA

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Simon Freeman, Program Director, ARPA-E, USA

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Keolani Booth, Councilman, Metlakatla Indian Community, Mariculture Liaison, USA

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Alicia Bishop, Alaska Regional Aquaculture Coordinator, NOAA Fisheries, USA

Keynote presentation:

Development of marine agronomy in Chile: research developments and policy actions towards increasing production, diversification, and value-adding

Alejandro H. Buschmann, Full Professor, Universidad de Lagos, Chile

Session 8: Seaweed industry from a global perspective

During this session, the speakers will give an overview of the global state of play of the seaweed industry. What are the trends? What are the challenges? These and many other questions will be discussed.

Seaweed as a very important source of nutrition and also potentially just as important in achieving our sustainability goals

Piet Bogaert, Cargill Food & Bio Innovation Leader, Cargill, Belgium

Seaweed industry from a global perspective

Harrison Charo Karisa, Senior Fisheries Specialist (Aquaculture), Environment Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice, World Bank Group, USA

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