This month I surveyed the grant funding that has gone into seaweed since 2015. With 250 grants representing $360 million in the database, what to conclude?
Grant funding dwarfs private investment
Best-funded are infrastructure, technology and processing projects that envision aquaculture at scale
Most interestingly, while governments are and will remain the big sponsors, since 2018, philanthropy has taken notice of seaweed. The perfect illustration came this month when WWF announced it would use some of its Bezos money to co-fund a Woods Hole research program on strain improvements that started in 2018 as a US government ARPA-E MARINER program.
Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) has unveiled a new monitoring buoy designed to provide data tailored to the seaweed aquaculture industry.
From B’Zeos to Zero Circle, the Phyconomy database now contains 25 start-ups working on seaweed bioplastics. None so far from China or Japan, though. We’re looking into it; your tips are welcome.
SEADLING is looking for an experienced scientist to direct research on tropical macroalgae cultivation.
Filipe Alberto’s Lab has an opening for a post-doc to work on kelp genomics.
The Australian Blue Carbon Lab wants a number of researchers and PhD candidates to lead research on Coastal ‘Blue’ Carbon, Freshwater ‘Teal’ carbon, Ecosystem restoration, Ecosystem services, Farm Dams, and more.
A beautiful new unicellular algae was discovered off the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago.
OpenCTD is a low-cost, open-source instrument for measuring salinity, temperature, and depth in the ocean. Perfect for citizen science.
The Partnership for Australia-Indonesia Research is continuing their work in South Sulawesi. Previous research found the local seaweed industry faces high costs in logistics and transport, and poor coordination between farmers, traders and processors limiting farmer incomes and creating quality issues for processors. The goal now is to help local governments develop effective policies to solve these issues.
Fiji wants to grow its seaweed industry, slowly - aiming for 200 tonnes in 2024.
Australia launched their seaweed strategy a few months ago - New Zealand couldn’t get left behind.
The State of Maine approved a 20-year lease for Shearwater Ventures’ seaweed aquaculture site.
As always: writing newletters is a lonely métier - your tips and insights are welcome!