Australian Seaweed Industry Blueprint – A Blueprint for Growth September 25, 2020
Australia’s pristine and isolated coastal environment provides a massive opportunity for the development of seaweeds within Australia. Historically, Australia has has imported seaweed to use in a range of products. However, the real potential in developing new ingredients and alternative uses for seaweed, such as animal feed, fertiliser, pharmaceuticals, and nutraceuticals is just being realised, in addition to the numerous environmental benefits.
Australia has the skill set to develop both seaweed cultivating and harvesting industries. But a key challenge is the development of commercially focused research, development and extension and a clearly articulated strategy to ensure that the industry can progress towards its growth ambitions. This project looks at the long term growth of the Australian seaweed industry, and aims to identify and prioritise critical research, development and extension gaps and opportunities for this highly valuable marine resource. This blueprint is the result of extensive consultation with seaweed value chain stakeholders across production and value-added products, regulators and environmental professionals, and offers a pathway to create a high-tech and high-value seaweed industry.