On March 5, 2022 ABO hosted a virtual and in-person workshop in San Diego to explore how the world’s aquaculture industries can use macroalgae (seaweeds) and microalgae to improve sustainability and productivity.
More than 60 people from all over the world participated, and great progress was made to identify the potentials and challenges for algae in aquaculture production, ecosystem services, and economics.
Several industry leaders focused their presentations on the current state of research for algae in food and feed applications. They included representatives from Corbion, Global Algae Innovations, UC Santa Cruz, MicroBio Engineering, the University of Connecticut, and Algae4All.
Additional technoeconomic and sustainability topics were covered in presentations from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and B&D Engineering and Consulting.
Representatives from Conservation International, the Environmental Defense Fund, Veramaris, the University of Arizona, Zeigler and the Norwegian food institute Nofima explored how algae could further be included in aquafeeds, as well as what barriers and challenges need to be addressed.
We are posting the video below for those that missed the presentations and discussions.
A full report on the workshop’s proceedings will be issued by ABO in the summer.