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Lowell Lecture

Farmed Seaweed: The next great Sustainable Seafood?

Date & Time

Dec. 4, 2014


IMAX Theater at New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110
Driving Directions


Matt Thompson, aquaculture project lead, Conservation Department, New England Aquarium 2013 John H. Cunningham Award Winner

Presenting Organization

New England Aquarium



"Is seaweed the next kale?" asked an articles promoting seaweed as a health food but what of its potential as a sustainable seafood? Seaweed farming is one of the largest segments of the global aquaculture industry, which includes a small but growing US contingent. Seaweeds have the potential to be farmed with few environmental impacts and inputs, but they have received little attention in the sustainable seafood movement and aren't commonly found on US dinner plates.

In an effort to gain a fuller understanding of farmed seaweed, Matt applied for the 2013 John H. Cunningham Award, a professional development program for NEAq staff to further their knowledge in a particular area. His findings will be shared during this talk and focus on the sustainability of seaweed farming; including recent his visits to US and Chinese seaweed farms, and in doing so, ask how we embrace seaweed as a sustainable seafood.