The vegetarian oyster

Nick Joy cartoon and oyster image

A long time ago, we were trying to grow seaweed and sea urchins alongside our salmon. The approach had many highly technical names, but I like to call it integrated aquaculture. The problems were many, not least in regulation. In the end we failed because growing salmon is difficult enough for most people, but I am still very glad we tried.

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Seagriculture 2024 set to ‘bridge continents’

The Seagriculture EU 2024 conference, the leading conference for the seaweed industry, will be taking place in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands from 18 – 20 June 2024. Under the theme, Bridging Continents, Seagriculture EU 2024 aims to transcend geographical boundaries to unite stakeholders from diverse corners of the world.

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California dreaming

Wild kelp bed California

Kelp farming in America’s Golden State requires patience, as Julia Hollister reports Getting a licence to become a kelp farmer in California seems like a great idea. But before you check your bank account, find a location for the farm and search for a catchy name; you need patience. According to the California Department of…

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Seafood Excellence winners honoured

Oysters and seaweed products took the top accolades at the Seafood Excellence Global Awards, held last night in Barcelona. The award for Best Retail Product was presented to Parcs Saint Kerber for its entry, Oysters Trio Saint Kerber, while Algolesko won the grand prize for Best HORECA (hotel/restaurant/catering) Product for its Wakame Pickles. The competition…

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Data will drive the fish farm of the future

As technological advancements continue and costs become more accessible, how are traditional and modern fisheries adopting data-driven approaches and intelligent systems into their production processes? This will be one of the key themes at the Blue Food Innovation Summit, taking place in London on May 21-22. Leveraging data, automation, and cutting-edge tech like IoT, Big…

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Scaling up

Fermentation scientist Lis Vivas with fermenter

Bacteria are being put to work, extracting the useful elements from harvested seaweed, as Robert Outram reports We’re in the John Coulson Building at Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University, watching macerated sugar kelp spinning furiously in what looks like a sophisticated food processor. The aim of the exercise is not, however, to create a nutritious seaweed smoothie.…

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AlgaEurope 2024 adds a fourth day

Athens, Greece - Night image with Athens from above, Monastiraki Square and ancient Acropolis.

The highly anticipated AlgaEurope 2024 Conference is set to engage attendees with an expanded programme spanning four days, including a newly introduced Industry Day. Following the resounding success of AlgaEurope 2023 and evaluating the results, the organisers have responded to feedback and industry insights, extending this year’s conference to incorporate a fourth day, with a…

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Faroes set to host Seagriculture EU 2024

Europe’s biggest conference for the seaweed industry, Seagriculture EU 2024, takes place this June in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands. Seagriculture EU 2024 will be held on 18-20 June at The Nordic House, Tórshavn (pictured, photo by Arne List). The theme of this year’s event, “Bridging Continents”, transcends borders and oceans to unite seaweed enthusiasts from diverse…

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Steady as she goes

The Netherlands’ fish farming sector is steadily growing, reports Eugene Gerden The Netherlands’ fish farming sector has been steadily growing, thanks to continuing stable domestic demand for farmed fish and improving economics in the country. That was the message presented at a recent symposium as part of the 40th anniversary of the Dutch Society for…

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