SIG Seaweed at Stortinget

How can Norway build a strong Seaweed industry? IBNN member FMC was one of the representatives from industry, research and public organisations who gave the politicians at Stortinget an update April 14th, 2015.  

Please download the program and presentations here (in Norwegian).

FMC Biopolymer who was presenting, has a turnover of NOK1.1 billion from harvesting kelp from the seabed, and is expecting an increase to NOK40 billion in 2050. However, the most challenges hurdles must be addressed in collaboration with the government and all interested parties.   

 “The kelp forests are Norway’s rainforests” says feedstock manager Ole Damm Kvilhaug, FMC to Norwegian newspaper Nordlys. “Cultivation of kelp is sustainable and it is an industry with great potential.” Read the article in Nordlys (in Norwegian)

The seminar “Dyrking av tare – en ny industri i Norge” (Seaweed cultivation – a new industry in Norway) was held for politicians and advisors in the Standing Commitee for Business and Industry to update them on the hurdles and opportunities to build a strong Seaweed industry in Norway.

In addition to FMC, speakers from SINTEF, Seaweed Energy Solutions, Biokraft, IBNN - Industrial Biotech Network Norway, Research Council of Norway and Innovation Norway was presenting.

The meeting was hosted by the Conservative Party's Business and Industry faction and organized in collaboration with the special interest group (SIG) Seaweed led by SINTEF and IBNN.


About SIG Seaweed
The special interest group, SIG Seaweed is a cross-sectorial and multidisciplinary meeting place for actors with an interest in Seaweed. The SIG Seaweed was established in September 2014 by IBNN in collaboration with SINTEF Fisheries & Aquaculture. Read more about the SIG Seaweed project and from the startup workshop in IBNN News: "Strong dedication to Seaweed".


SINTEF Report: "Verdiskaping basert på produktive hav i 2050"


Picture: Stortinget, Norwegian Parliament