aqua-culture of the future:
SEAWEED FOR A Healthier WORLD
North Sea Farmers speeds up the seaweed sector
North Sea Farmers is an international non-profit membership organization for the seaweed sector, consisting of approximately one hundred very diverse members and partners. NSF works on joint investment projects and knowledge exchange on all aspects of sustainable seaweed cultivation. Its activities are focused on but not limited to the North Sea. We envision multi-use sea farms to create the optimal synergy of nature, food and energy on the North Sea. To get there, we work together with 100 members on various projects. All these projects, with results big and small, are aimed towards large scale seaweed cultivation in the North Sea from 2030 onwards.
Because it has a large potential on many levels: it can improve health, biodiversity, climate and the environment. With its applications, we work on a sustainable and circular value chain.
These are our ambitions as a sector organisation:
GROW a SEAWEED INDUSTRY
We have the drive to build an economically healthy sector. Our efforts and those of our members will lead to responsible and inclusive business opportunities, innovations, jobs and overall growth of a new sector.
improve our quality of life
Seaweed and its many applications can potentially improve our quality of life and that of our planet. As a pharmaceutical ingredient, a plant based proteine, a biodegradable plastic, a cosmetic, sustainable cloting, a construction material... the possibilities of seaweed are countless.
Reduce carbon emissions
Seaweed is seen as a nature-based solution for climate change, since it captures carbon in the ocean. Its impact on climate change depends on the application and is being investigated worldwide. Replacing animal protein for seaweed protein, reducing fertilizer use with seaweed biostimulants, decreasing methane emissions by using seaweed as feed additive for cattle are promising applications. Next to that, industrial uses such as alginates, bioplastics and using its fibers for construction materials offer sustainable alternatives.
be part of a Circular economy
To us, contributing to sustainable entrepreneurship is essential. It allows businesses to become future proof by using sustainable, circular resources like seaweed.
Our members, North Sea Farmers, come in all sorts and sizes. People, companies and interests are being connected for pioneering collaborations. From seaweed farmers, wind park operators, food producers, fishermen and policy makers to environmental institutions.
We connect supply and demand in the value chain and speed up innovations.
CHANGE NEEDS ACTION
We act - to show things that are thought to be impossible. We do this with a positive, inclusive and fact-based approach. Accessible for everybody who wants to pioneer with new technologies or test marine innovations for upscaling.
Are you looking for a test location to pilot activities offshore? Then team up with North Sea Farmers.