Int’l. Seaweed Innovation Conference Starts in Portland: 9/7


John A. Gillis ,Arrived at The Westin Hotel for the Conference, Late This Afternoon From Portland, Oregon.

The Ladies at the Registration Desk for the Conference are Nakia Pickering, an Art Student at MECA. and Maria Madonado, from the University of California.  Pickering is an Illustration Student.

Seagriculture, Europe’s largest annual seaweed conference. will make its debut in the US tomorrow.  It will take place at The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel in downtown Portland. The conference starts tomorrow Wednesday, September 7 and runs through Thursday, September 8, 2022.  Almost three hundred people are expected to attend this conference. It is sold out according to Kuno Jacobs, the Managing Director of the Conference.

The Seagriculture in Europe has been organized since 2012 and has built up a solid reputation as the leading conference for the seaweed industry.  Seagriculture USA comes as an addition to the European edition.

Seagriculture USA, will feature seven sessions, keynote presentations and seaweed experts from North America and Europe presenting a variety of industry topics, from using seaweed to benefit the climate to innovative solutions for seaweed farming and processing, seaweed applications and seaweed as a national capital investment among other themes.

Being the hub for seaweed farming in North America with 60% of total farmed edible seaweed in the United States coming from Maine and with emerging businesses entering the market to add value to seaweed in Maine, leading economic development organizations in the state are supporting and sponsoring this first international seaweed conference in the USA.  The Conference is sponsored by Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Maine Technology Institute (MTI), Maine International Trade Center (MITC) and Maine North Atlantic Development Office (MENADO).

“In Maine, we have an outstanding seaweed industry and our economic development community has mobilized significant efforts to increase seaweed harvesting capacity and support for locally-developed and attracted businesses that can process and develop  high quality value-added end products,” said MENADO Director Dana Eldsness.  “Seagriculture US puts Maine on the world map as a leader in seaweed farming, harvesting, innovation and business and is bringing innovative companies and investors directly to the state.”

John A. Gillis, of Portland, Oregon, arrived at The Westin Hotel late this afternoon.  He is hoping to meet  entrepreneurs working in the support industries to provide materials and services in the industry in which to invest.