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Seaweed Solutions for Sustainable Aquaculture

Supporting the commercial production of seaweed together with salmon and shellfish to ensure economic, environmental and societal benefits


About Seaweed Solutions for Sustainable Aquaculture

This project aims to provide the understanding needed to guide both industry and decision-makers in the development of sustainable Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) in Tasmania and south-eastern Australia. 
The project will provide viable seaweed culture options for Southern Australian conditions; identifying the best species, growing techniques, products and management structures for seaweed aquaculture and IMTA. 


Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) relies on the collaboration of producers (finfish, shellfish and algae) to enhance economic, environmental and societal sustainability. This is achieved through product diversification, more holistic environmental management and a clear understanding of, and commitment to, regional societal benefits. 

This research will demonstrate the potential of IMTA as a “business for tomorrow”, one that understands both the marketplace, and the community and environment upon which it relies. Key to achieving this will be the development of regionally relevant IMTA partnership models that can clarify the economic, environmental and societal benefits of bringing together salmon, shellfish and seaweed producers. However, underpinning all of this is the development of a blueprint for a viable seaweed aquaculture industry that is well regulated, socially supported and profitable.


Latest News

The 24th International Seaweed Symposium is approaching!

Our team will be presenting at the 24th International Seaweed Symposium in Hobart this February. We are looking forward to meeting you there. If you want to discover more about the conference, follow the link!

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October 2022

Last harvest for the Seaweed Solutions CRC-P

Our team has successfully completed the last harvest of the CRC-P project. Cultures of Ecklonia radiata, Macrocystis pyrifera and Lessonia corrugata were harvested, processed and dried and will be analysed for biochemical profiling. This season was a success, follow the link to look at the latest pictures!


April 2022

Our seaweeds were succesfully deployed! 

Our team was busy a few weeks ago with the last deployment of the CRC-P project. Cultures of Ecklonia radiata, Macrocystis pyrifera and Lessonia corrugata were deployed and will be monitored monthly before the final harvest in the winter. We are looking forward to a successful harvest, stay tuned!

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November 2021

It is harvesting season for the Seaweed Solutions CRC!

Our team was busy last week with the harvesting for the season 2020-2021. A special shout-out goes to UTAS student Allyson Nardelli for this year’s amazing outcome from his research into optimizing aquaculture of Lessonia corrugata - looking good!!!! 

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MB-CRC successful in Round 22 of the CRC Program!

Exciting news for the Cooperative Research Centre for Marine Bioproducts (MB-CRC)! Congratulations to the team who has worked so hard on its successful bid!

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The second season of the Seaweed Solutions has officially started!

We have successfully deployed the 3 species of Kelps at our 3 sites, Okehampton, Tower Bay, and Great Taylor Bay, and we will soon start the sampling to monitor the quantity and quality of the growing biomass. A shout out to our team for the great work!

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Australian seaweed: an undiscovered sustainable resource

Discover more of the potential of the Australian seaweeds in the last interview with Dr. Pia Winberg and Jo Lane by BBC.

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The vibrant startup ecosystem in Australia’s young seaweed industry 

From research, to commercial cultivation to manufacturing and marketing. Read all about the promising and emerging Australian seaweed industry in the article "Australia’s emerging seaweed startups", by Pascale Hunt.



Do you want to know more about the growing Australian seaweed industry? 

Listen to the new podcast by Catriona Macleod, Joe Kelly, and Tom McCue and discover more about what is happening in the development of a new exciting Australian seaweed industry!



Seaweed, can’t get enough!! – First harvest for Seaweed Solutions CRC-P in Tassie.

The amazing potential of the Australian industry was one step closer yesterday when the Seaweed Solutions CRC-P brought in its first harvest!

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It is a bright future for seaweed farming!

While the world is undergoing a major setback, the seaweed farming wheel has not stopped. And if you have ever wondered "are seaweeds the food and fuel of the future?"

check the article by Adrienne Murray,
Technology of Business reporter, on BBC News.



Exciting new field site!

The project has a new seaweed research site at Tower Bay in southern Tasmania.

The new seaweed research site will enable evaluation of seaweed culture approaches at a commercial scale, and will inform models investigating the environmental benefits of seaweeds and in particular Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA), an approach which has the potential to improve aquaculture sustainability.

This is the first pilot scale IMTA project in Australia.

In the picture, seeded lines ready for deployment. 

Our Partners

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The CRC-P project acknowledges the Commonwealth support in relation to the grant 

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