A nascent industry, the UK still has an opportunity to position itself as a key player in this new industry. As founders of The Seaweed Alliance, we will continue to utilise our skills and also bring together complimentary skills and experience to drive the opportunity forward. We are seeking partners and opportunities to collaborate.
It is critical that we work collaboratively, avoid duplication, minimise unnecessary failures, ensure that we adopt the latest advancements in farming and processing technologies; unite in policy reform and establish the UK as a credible player within this regenerative industry.
Seaweed is a gift that keeps on giving.
Seaweed can contribute to feeding the world, mitigate climate change, improve the oceans biodiversity, provide resource for high value applications and in doing so contributes to many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The most nutrient rich plant on the planet:
Low in fat and rich in proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins.
Advanced developments in Pharmaceuticals, Nutraceuticals, Cosmeceuticals and recently in Medical Devices using graphene technology.
Development of an industry creates direct and indirect new employment opportunities.
A stream of R&D opportunities with advancements in technology and new cutting-edge discoveries, including integrating seaweed farms with other technologies – Multi-Use-Platforms (MUP’s).
Urgent action is needed to ensure that current needs do not lead to over-extraction and further degradation of the environment. Key polices are being developed on sustainable farming of seaweed and developments are underway such as bioplastics from seaweed.
It requires no land and no fertilisers to grow. Seaweeds could help mitigate climate change as it is more effective than trees at absorbing CO2. In addition, seaweed in feed reduces methane emissions in ruminants.
Contributes to marine ecosystems and ocean restoration. Seaweed could also serve as the basis of new integrated aquaculture with fish and shellfish.