The cultivation of nori, a type of edible seaweed with rich nutritional value, has long been associated with Asian countries. However, recent developments suggest that the potential for ‘nori-like’ cultivation in Europe is gaining attention and could offer a range of benefits.

Nori, primarily known as a key ingredient in sushi, is valued for its high content of vitamins, minerals, and protein. Traditionally cultivated in Asia, the idea of replicating this cultivation process in European waters may seem ambitious, but it holds promise.

European coastlines offer diverse marine environments that could support nori-like cultivation. The nutrient-rich waters of the Atlantic and Mediterranean provide favorable conditions for seaweed growth. By harnessing these resources, Europe could tap into a sustainable source of nutritious food while also promoting marine ecosystem health.

The potential benefits of ‘nori-like’ cultivation in Europe are noteworthy:
1. Nutritional Security: Incorporating nori-like seaweed into diets can enhance nutritional diversity. Its vitamins, minerals, and protein contribute to healthier diets and potentially address malnutrition challenges.
2. Environmental Benefits: Seaweed cultivation has a positive environmental impact. It acts as a natural carbon sink, mitigating ocean acidification and climate change. Additionally, it requires no freshwater, arable land, or fertilizer inputs.
3. Economic Opportunities: Developing a seaweed cultivation industry could stimulate local economies. Job creation across various sectors, from farming to processing and distribution, could result from this emerging industry.
4. Biodiversity Enhancement: Seaweed cultivation structures provide habitats for various marine species, contributing to enhanced biodiversity and restoration of degraded areas.
5. Aquaculture Synergy: Seaweed cultivation can complement existing aquaculture practices. It offers a sustainable solution for nutrient absorption, waste management, and ecosystem balance.
6. Research and Innovation: Pursuing ‘nori-like’ cultivation in Europe encourages research and innovation in marine science, technology, and sustainable agriculture.
However, challenges exist. Adapting traditional Asian cultivation techniques to European waters requires careful consideration of local conditions and species. Regulatory frameworks, environmental impact assessments, and collaboration among stakeholders are essential for successful implementation.

In conclusion, the potential for ‘nori-like’ cultivation in Europe presents an exciting opportunity to diversify food sources, bolster environmental resilience, and stimulate economic growth. By harnessing the nutrient-rich waters of European coastlines, this initiative could contribute to sustainable food systems, marine ecosystem restoration, and a thriving blue economy. Reason enough to join this webinar!


Chair: Pi Nyvall Collén, Scientific director Olmix Group

Duration: 60 minutes

Programme coming soon starting 13.50 and ending 15.10 CET

13.50 Opening and welcome by EABA

14.00 Intro: why this webinar, why Nori in Europe?
Pi Nyvall Collén
– Scientific director Olmix Group, France

14.10 Market pull – a catalyst for scaling seaweed cultivation
Karlotta Rieve
– Project Manager I Hatch Innovation Services, Mexico

14.20 Exploring Seaweed: What are the cultural and compositional differences of Nori in Europe and Asia? 
Rhianna Rees
– Business Development Manager, Scottish Seaweed Industry Association (SSIA), UK

14.30 Developing Nori Aquaculture in the EU – The land-based contribution
Rui Pereira
– Head of Seaweed Division A4F, Portugal

14.40 Advancing European Nori cultivation – from fundamental biology to successful life cycle control 
Jessica Knoop
– Postdoctoral Researcher at Ghent University, Belgium

14.50 Q&A and discussion round

15.10 end of the webinar


Pi Nyvall Collén, Scientific director Olmix Group, France

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