About Course

This course covers the entire value chain for attendees to gain an in-depth understanding of the status of the seaweed industry. For those who are further along in preparedness, have a site already selected, or want to know more about our research at SAMS, the 5-day course is tailored to your needs.

So, what is the course about?

If you want hands-on experience in cultivation, are keen to understand the economics, farm design, and carbon potential of seaweed, then this course is for you.

One-Week Course Structure

Day 1

  1. Introduction: understanding the aims and objectives of the course
  2. Species: local endemic species, market uses, and understanding
  3. Sustainability: what are the key considerations needed for a sustainable seaweed business?
  4. Biosecurity: understanding risks to seaweed farms, contamination, pathogens, and diseases
  5. Economics: the current economics of developing and operating a seaweed farm

Day 2

  1. Licensing: understanding the licensing procedure in Scotland
  2. Social Licence to Operate: creating a socially sustainable business
  3. Nursery Overview: understanding the life cycle and best practice for nursery management

Nursery visit: site visit to our seaweed nursery

  1. Site selection: selecting the appropriate seaweed cultivation site for your needs

Day 3

CCAP-Aries visit: understanding biobanking and a tour around our photobioreactors (subject to availability)

  1. Farm design: what do you need to consider when designing your farm?
  2. Deployment: what to consider when deploying, how to optimise the deployment of kelp

Guest Workshop: Q&A session with seaweed industry professional in the area

Day 4

Farm visit: trip to our seaweed farming IMTA site (weather dependent, this may change)

  1. Monitoring: how to effectively monitor a seaweed farm, what to measure
  2. Maintenance: regular checks, what they involve, problem solving on a farm
  3. Harvesting: what to consider when harvesting, how to optimise the harvest of kelp

Day 5

  1. Blue Carbon: what are the carbon inputs/outputs to a seaweed farm? How to measure
  2. IMTA (Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture): learning about co-locations and seaweed farming
  3. Processing: main methods used in processing, the benefits, and pitfalls of each method
  4. Markets: routes to market, barriers, vertically vs horizontally integrated business models
  5. Accreditation: Understanding HACCP, ASC, Soil Association Organic, ISO 14001



Course Content

Course Videos

  • The Lifecycle of Seaweed
  • Nursery – Fertile Material
  • Nursery – Spore Release
  • Nursery – Propogation
  • Nursery – Twine Seeding
  • Nursery – Biosecurity
  • Nursery – Delivery
  • Deployment
  • Monitoring Part 1
  • Monitoring Part 2
  • Harvest
  • Processing Seaweed

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