The wheels are in motion for a thriving seaweed sector in New Zealand following the country’s first large-scale outplanting of hatchery-grown seaweed. In collaboration with Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, and other partners, New Zealand-based natural resource sector project developer EnviroStrat launched a pilot focused on creating an economically viable seed-to-harvest model. Earlier this month, the partners outplanted 228 meters of native Ecklonia radiata
seed string in the Hauraki Gulf as part of a regenerative ocean farming pilot.
EnviroStrat CEO, Dr. Nigel Bradly, says the outplanting is a significant milestone for the country’s emerging seaweed sector. “While there are numerous new initiatives and businesses targeting seaweed as a novel primary resource for the blue economy, the New Zealand sector is currently operating at a small scale and hasn’t kept pace with international developments. The outplanting is the first step in establishing seaweed farming at scale in New Zealand and will provide essential information to underpin the commercial realities of seaweed production.”
GreenWave Co-Executive Director Bren Smith was honored to visit New Zealand and attend the momentous outplanting event. Read More »