Scottish scientist leads FAO talk about seaweed biosecurity

[UK] The world needs to rethink its approach to seaweed biosecurity, suggested a panel at the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization’s aquaculture subcommittee meeting in Trondheim, Norway, the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) reports.

Seaweed production grew globally from 13.5 million metric tons in 1995 to 30m in 2016 and, in 2017, was reportedly worth $12 billion. But the panel suggested the industry be further scaled up, both at the country and local farm level, and initiatives be made to address the lack of specific policies and guidelines for seaweed biosecurity.

The comments reportedly followed a presentation by SAMS scientist Elizabeth Cottier-Cook, who leads the Global Challenges Research Fund Global Seaweed STAR research project. She said the rapidly expanding industry faces a number of key challenges, including disease and pest outbreaks, which can lead to whole farms being shut down.

Cottier-Cook previously authored an international policy brief on safeguarding the sustainable development of the seaweed industry.

 

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