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Seaweed Networking Lunch

14th October 2019

Across the South West region there has been increasing interest in the cultivation of seaweed. This has led to a number of projects underway and in development that trial seaweed cultivation with the aim of demonstrating the significant potential for an industry that can bring commercial growth that improves the natural marine environment. Continued growth requires a combination of scientific research and understanding and technological solutions to develop cultivation methods that are both commercially and environmentally sustainable. Through Marine-I, the University of Exeter and collaborators will host a seaweed lunch to convene interested parties from the region, including researchers, local businesses and regulators, to discuss ideas and to strengthen links. The intended outcomes are to share knowledge and practice and to initiate future projects that can begin to address the technological and research challenges to growing this nascent industry.

A provisional agenda is laid out below, which includes reports from ongoing projects, time for open discussions and networking.

Following the updates on ongoing projects, there will be an opportunity to visit the Cornish Seaweed Company production facility, with travel provided.

The meeting will start at 11am on Monday 14th October on the Penryn campus, TR10 9FE.

1100 - Updates from active commercial and research projects,

1200 - An all-group discussion on the future opportunities and aspirations, how to combine our efforts and decide priorities

  • Mechanisms and methods for cultivation
  • Environmental interactions of seaweed cultivation
  • The market for seaweed
  • The regulatory framework for seaweed
  • Seaweed as part of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture

1300 - Lunch, and networking

1400 - Optional visit to the Cornish Seaweed Company production facility