04/11/2019 - A new partnership has been announced between the Sea Ranger Service and the North Sea Farm Foundation to drive forward the development of offshore seaweed farming in the North Sea. The new partnership was announced during the recent inauguration of our new Sea Ranger ship SV Fantastiko and focuses on piloting the effectiveness of sailing work vessels to maintain offshore seaweed farms, which may prove a clean, sustainable and cost-effective alternative to using motor vessels.
01/11/2019 - On November 1st, the World Water Challenge (WWC) took place in Madurodam! This is an initiative of Top Sector Water & Maritime to introduce students to work with, in and around water.
15/10/2019 - Algae will play a vital role in feeding the world by 2050. To enhance innovation in the algal sector, the European Interreg 2 seas project ValgOrize works on creating an interdisciplinary platform for a sustainable production and processing of high quality, stable, safe algae. Yet, production and processing are not the only important aspects: taste is just as important for selling and distributing algae. That’s why this project focuses on aspects including taste, aroma, colour and texture. A recent market study within this project unfolds the European seaweed food market.
03/10/2019 - For those of you who do not know it yet: seaweed is one of the most used ingredients of biostimulants for plants in horticulture today. They make up about one third of the biostimulant market. Research indicates that seaweed can comply to recently defined EU legislation on biostimulants, which would allow for their continued use as a biostimulant source in the European Union. This may indicate that seaweed can provide a solution to the challenge of reducing traditional fertilizer use, as well as improving the water-use efficiency of crops. That is why the European project Bio4safe has initiated a research program to further investigate the potency of seaweed in horticulture.
24/09/2019 - It is with great sadness and grief that we heard about the passing of John van Leeuwen, CEO of Seaweed Harvest Holland, as a consequence of a tragic accident Saturday the 14th of September, at the Schelphoek in the province of Zeeland.
13/08/2019 - Globally, the food sector is the largest industrial sector and consumes most of the world’s energy. A projected population growth and increase in calorie intake per capita will result in the expansion of our agricultural systems and so will have increasingly negative effects on our global environments Thus, “improving food production and consumption systems is at the heart of every discourse on sustainable development from both environmental and socio-economic perspectives” (Notarnicola et al., 2017, p. 399).
03/05/2019 - Seaweed for feed? Yes. Seaweed has many potential uses as an additive in livestock feed, ranging from methane reduction to improved nutrient uptake and less need for antibiotics. Alongside differing in habitat, growth rate and pigmentation, the range of seaweed species also contain different compounds, varying their effectiveness as additives in feed. All of these factors must be taken into account before substantial action can be taken.