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Sargassum Products for Climate Change in the Caribbean

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Sargassum Products for Climate Change in the Caribbean

  1. 1. 501-223-4443 www.crfm.int secretariat@crfm.int +64 (0)9 925 7000 https://www.plantandfood.co.nz/ In September 2020, the CRFM entered into a 3-year collaborative agreement with Plant & Food Research, to address Sargassum seaweed influxes in affected Caribbean countries. Plant & Food Research, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute, and the CRFM, an inter-governmental organization which promotes and facilitates the responsible utilization of the Caribbean's fisheries and other aquatic resources, are collaborating to explore the creation of new technologies and value chains from marine biomass, particularly the Sargassum seaweed. The overall aim of the project is to mitigate the environmental and economic impacts of Sargassum seaweed influxes in affected Caribbean countries through the creation of inclusive value chains for Sargassum seaweed. The CRFM-Plant & Food Research collaboration will identify and use appropriate sustainable technologies for efficient harvesting of Sargassum, according to international best practices. The parties will also develop Sargassum-derived product prototypes and production processes, including a commercialisation strategy to support its marketing. The project, to span 2020-2023, will deliver 4 main outputs under 4 activity areas. A stakeholder survey has already commenced. CRFM Secretariat Plant & Food Research Since 2011, the picturesque seascapes of several Caribbean States have been marred by periodic influxes of massive quantities of Sargassum seaweed, which has resulted in substantial economic losses and adverse impacts on human and environmental health. The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has been working with its Member States, and regional and international partners to counter these adverse impacts on affected Member States. The latest such partnership was established with Plant & Food Research. 1 2 3 4 Raw material safety testing and harvesting operations review Product and Process Development Product Commercialisation Strategy Development Outreach and Supply Chain Development Sargassum-derived production and harvesting method options Product specifications and process design for Sargassum- derived product Commercialisation strategy for Sargassum-derived product developed Dissemination of model to industry stakeholders and wider Caribbean In 2016, the CRFM adopted a “Model Protocol for the Management of Extreme Accumulations of Sargassum on the Coasts of CRFM Member States”. Scan the QR code to the right to access the Protocol. © 2020 CRFM and Plant & Food Research Contact Us:

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