A newsletter is born
Welcome to Phyconomy, a fresh newsletter about the business of algae.
Originally intended to discuss micro- and macroalgae equally, I decided to focus mostly on seaweed after early experiments on Twitter have shown that macroalgae elicit a lot more enthusiasm. Apologies to the few microalgae enthusiasts who already signed up.
This newsletter will be delivered to you every second or third week at first, depending on your preferences, with a mix of news around the web and (hopefully more and more) own articles. Your feedback is welcome!
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New farms planned in Netherlands, Morocco
In the Netherlands, a consortium of producers, processors and buyers is being assembled to start a 160 ha seaweed farm settled within an offshore wind park.
Morocco’s southern region of Souss-Massa announced its readiness to launch 20 shellfish farms and 4 seaweed farms. Local authorities pledged $3.5 million to support projects.
$250 million raised for seaweed farming in November
WWF got even more money this month. It plans to prioritise mangrove restoration and seaweed aquaculture following $100 million in grant funding from the Bezos Earth Fund.
Kelp Blue received $60 million to develop its kelp farming ambitions off the coast of Namibia.
Algae bioguano, 3D printed corals, IMTA boosts growth
Bioguano, a mixture of macroalgae, spirulina and guano, has shown great promise as an organic fertiliser.
3D printed corals are being used to grow microalgae as a way out from the age-old pond vs photobioreactor debate.
JOBS & CLASSIFIEDS
A platform for you
Do you have a job or internship you would like to advertise? A message to the seaweed community? There aren’t many readers yet, but let me know and I’ll incorporate it into the next newsletter.
And finally… feeling stressed out? Relax with this video of chilled out Costa Rican sloths. They are so slow that algae grow on their fur, camouflaging them amidst the green canopy.