RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

SERVICES

Research and Development at Sea Green aims to increase
the value of our services to benefit both the farmers and the
wider seaweed industry, through market development,
operational enhancement and ecosystem services.
Sea Green will drive and facilitate the necessary action across
the blue economy, through partner engagement and
collaborative research, to optimise industry potential and
accelerate solutions towards a regenerative and distributive system. 

OPERATIONAL
ENHANCEMENT

ECOSYSTEM
SERVICES

MARKET
DEVELOPMENT

Optimising the market value of seaweed through novel and innovative products, diversified cultivation of species, and integrated farming systems

PRODUCT
INNOVATION

Facilitating innovation in extraction and biorefinery methodologies for diversifying the value of raw biomass and developing innovative novel products from seaweed including:​

  • Alternative Protein Source​

  • Bio-Fertilizer​

  • Bio-Plastics​

  • Animal Feed

DIVERSIFICATION OF
CULTIVATED SPECIES

Tropical seaweed production currently centred around hydrocolloids (agar and carrageenan seaweeds such as Eucheuma, Kappaphycus, and Gracilaria) but potential to cultivate additional species with diversified commercial value.

INTEGRATED MULTI-TROPHIC
AQUACULTURE (IMTA)

Shifting from monoculture farming systems towards a regenerative approach, using the integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) framework, whereby multiple species from different trophic levels are farmed together to counterbalance their ecosystem functions.​

OPERATIONAL
ENHANCEMENT

Increasing productivity and growth at the operational level, whilst also reducing environmental impact and enhancing social and economic resilience for coastal communities.​

TECHNOLOGY
ENABLEMENT

Upgrading infrastructure and equipment with advanced technology to streamline efficiency and reduce risk​

  • Environmental monitoring​

  • Seedling Biotechnology​

  • Automated Farming​

  • Improved Drying​

  • Reliable Traceability​

  • Renewable Energy

COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT

Adding value back to the farmers and wider coastal community through education, core skills development, training and resource efficiency

  • Online Learning

  • Farmer Training​

  • Resource Efficiency

ECOSYSTEM
SERVICES

Tackling the climate crisis and exploring the potential of new vertical markets through the development of payments for ecosystem services​.

CARBON DIOXIDE REMOVAL
(CDR) RESEARCH

BLUE CARBON LAB

Sea Green is supporting global research in this exciting area through a co-sponsored PhD with the Blue Carbon Lab at Deakin University, which will look to explore the feasibility of large-scale seaweed farming as a ocean-based solution for drawing down carbon and mitigating climate change

UN GLOBAL COMPACT VISION STATEMENT

Sea Green are supporting global industry research and advocacy through active participation in the UN Global Compact’s Ocean Stewardship Coalition, with an editorial contribution to the vision statement launched in 2021

COMMUNITY-BASED
CARBON REMOVAL PROJECTS

PARTNERSHIPS

Accommodate the linkage from blue carbon research to community action and conservation efforts, helping to safeguard natural capital and drawdown carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

Facilitation of blue carbon projects such as community-based mangrove restoration in Indonesia

VERIFICATION

Development of verification services and finance through platform and enablement of voluntary carbon credits for blue carbon projects (seaweed, mangroves, seagrass)

BIODIVERSITY GAINS

Restoring abundance to local marine ecosystems through sustainable practices and coastal conservation projects

ECOLOGICAL ENHANCEMENT

Local moderation of ocean acidification and deoxygenation through nutrient removal and enhanced ecological conditions 

DECARBONISATION

Replacing fossil-fuel based products with carbon negative seaweed products to drastically reduce value chain (Scope 3) emissions

CARBON DIOXIDE REMOVAL

Bio-sequestration (export to deep sea or coastal sediments) of carbon dioxide during seaweed cultivation (cultured and wild))

CLIMATE RISK REDUCTION

Data-driven insights to minimise the impact of increasing climate risks (e.g. marine heatwaves and heavy rainfall events) through environmental monitoring, water quality management and subsequent financial protection mechanisms

PLASTIC REDUCTION

Minimising local plastic pollution, microplastics and debris through sourcing of alternative sustainable production materials

INCOME DIVERSIFICATION

Diversifying revenue streams through integrated aquaculture systems and product innovation

DIGITAL LITERACY

Enhancing global connectivity and boosting digital capabilities for upstream actors

EDUCATION

Providing online modules to improve financial literacy, sustainable practices and business productivity

EQUITABLE GROWTH

Redistribution of wealth to equitably represent value in productivity through transparency and fair trade

JOB CREATION

Local jobs created and stabilised through technology, data and systems management, community and restoration operations, and services

MARKET STABILITY

Reducing price volatility and stabilising income for primary producers to foster strong markets

POVERTY ALLEVIATION

Breaking poverty cycle for farmers through increased earnings and diversified income

ACCESS TO FINANCE

Development and provision of needs-based financial products for empowering household resilience