More than 250 people from around the globe are scheduled to gather in Portland, Sept. 6-7, for Seagriculture USA, an international seaweed innovation conference that explores the potential of seaweed as a food source, bioplastic, medicine and sustainable model of economic development.
As the largest producer of farmed kelp in the U.S., and with a 50-year history in wild seaweed harvesting, Maine is seen as a leader in the nation’s seaweed economy. There are over 40 farms along the coast, plus processors and producers.
Maine farmers harvested over 1 million pounds of kelp in 2022.
“Maine’s seaweed industry is experiencing tremendous growth, with farmers, producers and researchers making contributions to this important economic sector,” said Heather Johnson, commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, one of the conference’s sponsors.
“Seagriculture USA puts Maine on the world map as an innovator in seaweed farming and harvesting, and brings industry leaders and investors to our state, where they can connect with the business supports and opportunities that can help them grow.”
Other sponsors are the Maine Technology Institute, Maine International Trade Center and Maine Office of Tourism, with additional support from the Maine North Atlantic Development Office.
Source : Mainebiz