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The Seaweed Scene is a meeting to network with colleagues, catch up on the latest in research and development, and to help plan the future for seaweed science, management and industry.
The Seaweed Scene 2013 was held on August 29th from 9am to 4pm at the University of Maine's Hutchinson Center, in Belfast, Maine. The day included presentations from science and industry experts, plenty of time for networking, and facilitated discussion to cover the important topics for the future of aquaculture and harvest of marine macroalgae.
Seaweed Scene 2015 was held as part of the second Maine Seaweed Festival on the waterfront campus of the Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, ME, on August 29. Year 4 of the “Seaweed Scene” meetings, “Seaweed Scene 2015” continued the tradition by reviewing the progress and challenges, sea farmers and products, and lessons learned from the most recent seaweed culture season in Maine and Long Island Sound. Special guests from Canada also shared their progress in the development of seaweed aquaculture in the province of Quebec.
November, 2015 UPDATE:
We are happy to report that we will be starting a class in early 2016, thanks to funding by NOAA's National Sea Grant Program.
A Pilot Project to Stimulate Seaweed Production on Mussel Farms in Maine
Seaweed is a $6 billion-dollar industry worldwide. Different types of seaweed (also called sea vegetables or marine macroalgae) are harvested for a variety of uses including fertilizer, food ingredients, and nutritional supplements.
Maine’s established seaweed companies are industry leaders, and more people are looking to grow seaweed as a business or for supplemental income.
Carignan, S. 2014. New Maine festival to celebrate benefits of seaweed. Bangor Daily News, Maine. Aug. 27, 2014.
Chopin, T., AH Buschmann, C Halling, M Troell, N Kautsky, A Neori, GP Kraemer, JA Zertuche-Gonzales, C Yarish, and C Neefus. 2001. Integrating seaweeds into marine aquaculture systems: a key toward sustainability. Journal of Phycology 37:975-986.
Crawford, 1991. The Macroalgae Industry in Maine. Maine/New Hampshire Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, University of Maine. 29pp.