Optimising the market value of seaweed through novel and innovative products, diversified cultivation of species, and integrated farming systems
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
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.
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.
Increasing productivity and growth at the operational level, whilst also reducing environmental impact and enhancing social and economic resilience for coastal communities.
Upgrading infrastructure and equipment with advanced technology to streamline efficiency and reduce risk
Adding value back to the farmers and wider coastal community through education, core skills development, training and resource efficiency
Tackling the climate crisis and exploring the potential of new vertical markets through the development of payments for ecosystem services.
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
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
Facilitation of blue carbon projects such as community-based mangrove restoration in Indonesia
Development of verification services and finance through platform and enablement of voluntary carbon credits for blue carbon projects (seaweed, mangroves, seagrass)
Restoring abundance to local marine ecosystems through sustainable practices and coastal conservation projects
Local moderation of ocean acidification and deoxygenation through nutrient removal and enhanced ecological conditions
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
Minimising local plastic pollution, microplastics and debris through sourcing of alternative sustainable production materials
Diversifying revenue streams through integrated aquaculture systems and product innovation
Enhancing global connectivity and boosting digital capabilities for upstream actors
Providing online modules to improve financial literacy, sustainable practices and business productivity
Redistribution of wealth to equitably represent value in productivity through transparency and fair trade
Local jobs created and stabilised through technology, data and systems management, community and restoration operations, and services
Reducing price volatility and stabilising income for primary producers to foster strong markets
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