Research Program

RP2 Seafood & Marine Products Program

Project Leader

Jeff Wright, University of Tasmania

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This project aims to determine opportunities and priorities for seaweed aquaculture projects within the BE CRC.

It has two main components:

  1. engagement with stakeholders (industry, research, NGOs) to determine their need, opportunities and the potential for seaweed aquaculture, including species to cultivate and,
  2. to review and identify methods for a) best hatchery conditions and cultivation techniques for priority seaweed (e.g., bull kelp Durvillaea) and, b) likely effects of seaweeds, such as Durvillaea, on hydrodynamics around offshore/high energy structures.

This scoping study will inform a research plan for the commercial culture of seaweed within the BE CRC.

Images courtesy of E. Flukes and D. Maynard

Project Participants

  • Auckland University of Technology
  • Australian Abalone Growers Association
  • Australian Seaweed Institute
  • Marinova Pty Ltd
  • Southern Blue Reef Pty Ltd
  • Tasmanian Oyster Research Council Limited
  • The University of Queensland
  • Universidad de los Lagos
  • University of Tasmania


6 months

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