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Respecting our Marine Environment: Seaweed Sustainability

SeaBOS A collaboration has been formed between Swedish researchers and some of the biggest fishing companies in the world.  The aim of this collaboration is to connect scientists with businesses and encourages them to share their knowledge. It emphasises a science-business initiative for ocean stewardship, leading to improved business ethos and practice. Named SeaBOS (Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship), it is supported by the Stockholm Resilience Centre and compromises of companies from all over the world (the first time these countries have come together with the aim to end unsustainable practices!!) The initiative was joined by ten of the largest seafood companies in the world, that have a combined annual revenue of £23bn! Sustainability Science The marine industry-academia partnership’s approach is ‘sustainability science’, with the aim to reduce harmful environmental practices like marine pollution and over fishing. Lead study author Dr Österblom, said the aim is “private corporations, which are critically dependent on a healthy ocean for their long-term prosperity, take a leading role in ocean stewardship” which will benefit the environment and businesses. PHD student, Jean-Baptiste Jouffray “the strength of our study is to report in detail on such an interaction while putting it into the broader context of sustainability science”. Other Issues Other issues in the seafood supply chain are modern slavery and the impacts on habitats and non-target species. Modern slavery was spotlighted by The Guardian in 2014, based on a six month investigation, it showed worker exploitation and deprivation of their rights. IUU stands for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Pledges from SeaBOS SeaBOS have composed several pledges that they will stick by. ·         “eliminate...

The history of seaweed reveals the story of how seaweed saved the crew of the Grimsby trawler

The history of seaweed is rich and fascinating, showing how the sea plant has saved lives in the past A small piece of seaweed saved the lives of the trawler Lord Darling and her crew in a miraculously strange episode from the history of seaweed. Originally built in Selby in 1914, the Lord Darling was originally called the Prince Palatine under the ownership of the Cargill Steam Fishing Company of Hull but was renamed in 1923 when she joined Consolidated Fisheries in Grimsby. This particular episode in the history of seaweed took place in the 1930s. On an expedition off the west coast of Scotland, the 19-year-old trawler — battered by roaring winds and wild seas — developed a leak. It seemed that all would be lost off Cape Wrath as water flooded into the vessel, which was almost completely submerged for nearly three quarters of an hour. Then, suddenly, it seemed to right itself. Even with water rising in the ship, Skipper Osborne and the rest of the Darling’s crew were able to navigate and beach the vessel in Loch Ewe. They had no idea why the ship had not sunk completely. What the crew then discovered was how this ship became an incredible story in the history of seaweed. The reason behind the ship’s survival on the water was downright miraculous… As Lord Darling was beached at Loch Ewe, Osborne discovered a small piece of seaweed wedged into a hole in the side of the ship, plugging up the damage. With the help of four villagers, the crew managed to dry the ship, repair the hole and...

What is Seaweed & Co.? — watch Doctor Seaweed® himself discuss the benefits of seaweed

If you’re thinking, what is Seaweed & Co.? What do they do?, then let Doctor Seaweed® explain… Seaweed is 2017’s superfood, but with 10,000 species of seaweed out there it’s important to get a produce with the most nutritional benefits. So what is Seaweed & Co.? We’re the ones making sure you get the best seaweed ingredients out there. Seaweed has many different health benefits. From weight and blood sugar management and cognitive development, to making a fantastic flavour-boosting salt replacement and being a great source of iodine, there is so much that seaweed can do for your health. Iodine is a vital component of our overall health, helping our thyroid to function normally. Over three quarters of school aged girls in the UK are iodine deficient, showing just how important something like seaweed could be to our daily diet. What is Seaweed & Co.? If you’re curiously asking what is Seaweed & Co.? then watch the video above and let Doctor Seaweed® explain it. Or, read on. Seaweed & Co. only harvest seaweed from the pristine waters of the Scottish Outer Hebrides. It’s then dried and milled using Patent Pending production in a fully sustainable and traceable way to ensure only the finest quality produce is gathered. Seaweed & Co.’s seaweed ingredients offer a nutritional boost in many aspects, including as a source of iodine allowing for these EU Approved Health Claims: Normal Growth of Children   Normal Thyroid Function  Normal Cognitive Function  Maintenance of Normal Skin  Energy Yielding Metabolism  Normal Functioning Nervous System We could also answer the question what is Seaweed & Co. by saying that it is a...

Seaweed Week on BBC Programmes – Discussing the Many Seaweed Benefits

Seaweed has had a meteoric week of media, as the many seaweed benefits continue to amaze, and demonstrate their relevance to many aspects of our lives. The appearance of our own Dr Craig Rose on BBC Radio 4’s The Today Programme was a huge highlight for us.  What an amazing and hugely credible show to be associated with. This followed on from an earlier interview on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today Programme, as part of their Seaweed Week.  Each show this week has started with a piece on seaweed, and the many seaweed benefits.  Wednesday’s show featured our very own Dr Craig Rose.  Craig discusses the many seaweed benefits, and how our unique DNA Authenticated Seaweed ensures quality and traceability in the supply chain. Other key seaweed stories this week, many featuring Seaweed & Co., have been reported, on the huge scope of seaweed, and the many seaweed benefits.  A selection of these stories are: Mail Online: New multi-million pound industry will help satisfy the growing demand for the salty algae Food Ingredients: Booming Seaweed Industry is Flourishing as the West Capitalizes on Crop The Times: Taking the plunge to harvest ‘gold standard’ seaweed Even The Sun reported on the story, and featured Dr Rose, with the headline of: “You can’t be Sea-rious”!! Dr Rose was also contacted by Biofuels International to discuss the opportunities of seaweed for biofuels, which are apparent and viable in the longer term.  The many seaweed benefits available link to seaweeds’ ability to address all the mega trends of food, health and nutrition, life sciences and energy.  No other natural resource can do this to our...

FutureFest – Future Uses of Seaweed & Other Amazing Stuff

FutureFest is coming – the weekend of 17/18th Sept 2016, and our own Dr Craig Rose is speaking on the future uses of seaweed and other amazing stuff! FutureFest is set to be a mind-blowing weekend of talks and immersive experiences. Its a huge honour to be sharing a stage with some incredible speakers, thought leaders and brilliant minds.  These include Brian Eno, Will Self, Caroline Lucas MP and many more. The talk, titled “You Seaweed, I See the Future”, hopes to be an insightful journey into the huge potential of what the uses of seaweed will bring to the world. Unlike any other natural resource we know of, seaweeds can address all the ‘mega-trends’ of sustainable supply of food, nutrition, health, lifescience applications and energy provision. Its quite incredible. So what are some of these uses of seaweed Seaweed is a broad term.  Actually part of the much larger group of algae, seaweed is marine macro algae.  Globally there are around 10,000 species, with a huge plethora of applications. These uses of seaweed already cover a mass of food applications, with seaweed ingredients used for salt replacement, nutrition, iodine sources, weight and blood sugar management.  Seaweed ingredient extracts are used on a huge scale for food thickeners, laboratory uses and much more besides. Other extracts of seaweeds can, and will increasingly be used for biomedical benefits, including antiviral, anti tumour and other treatments.  Many of the compounds in seaweeds remain understudies, and offering huge potential. In terms of plastics for packaging and other uses, seaweeds have been shown to able to offer great, and sustainable alternatives.  Scientists and...

Seaweed Ingredients Still Have Huge Potential

A recent article in Food Navigator USA reports experts saying algae and seaweed ingredients still have huge potential Seaweed ingredients offer a plethora of benefits for the food, beverage and nutrition markets. The article highlights how there has been aspects of over promising and under delivering, specifically in the micro-algae industry. It states that  seaweed ingredients still have huge potential. Entrepreneurs didn’t always anticipate the technical challenges.  Furthermore there were distractions (and still are) with a focus on algae for biofuel.  The need to fulfil higher value food, nutrition, biomedical markets is where the opportunity is before we reach biofuel levels. Many of the benefits of micro algae and macro algae (seaweed) ingredients are laid our in the article, including medicine, proteins, nutrition, low calorie etc.  Many of the big challenges we face, from sustainability of food supply to addressing malnutrition, obesity and diabetes can all be solved with seaweed ingredients. Scalability of production systems, of a high quality has been a barrier also. The economics must work.  At Seaweed & Co. we focus on wild harvested species and have invested in supply chains that can maintain sustainability and have huge potential to grow.  From 1kg to 10,000 tonnes, we know we can deliver.  In addition, we are leading cultivation projects on species that don’t have a long term or scalable sustainable future from wild harvest. Seaweed ingredients still have huge potential Despite many successes, it is true that seaweed and algae and seaweed still offer huge opportunity to address market demands. These opportunities are yet to be realised for a number of reasons.  The main contrinutor to the...