• New Class Announced!

    SEAWEED FARMING: Growing and Drying Alaria

    September 6-8, 2019

    Gouldsboro, Maine

    This two-day program provides the essentials of growing, harvesting, and post-harvest handling and processing of alaria. This is a must-attend program if you are a new or experienced farmer looking to learn best practices and explore the process of developing new products. These sessions count towards the MSE Seaweed Farmer Certification Requirements.

    Eat Farmed Seaweed!

    The MSE announces the launch of its Eat Farmed Organic Seaweed Initiative. Farmed seaweed represents aquaculture at its best. Low impact and sustainable. As demand for seaweed grows we must transition from wild harvest seaweeds to farmed seaweeds. Wild kelp beds are rapidly disappearing and wild harvesting pressure is accelerating this loss. Seaweed is an essential part of our marine ecosystem and must be protected. Eating farmed organic seaweed assures access to the health benefits of eating seaweed while preserving our marine resources. Join us in supporting farmed organic seaweed!

     

  • A Non-Profit Dedicated to Aquacultured Seaweed Education and Research

    Maine Seaweed Exchange

  • What We Do

    We support the aquacultured seaweed industry through advocacy, education, and research.

    Maine Seaweed Exchange

    Mission: Organic, Sustainable, and Restorative

     

    The Maine Seaweed Exchange is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to:

    • Seaweed farming education;
    • Supporting seaweed farmers and their communities;
    • Research on seaweed farming and seaweed products;
    • Assist industry partners in developing markets for seaweed products and increase distribution channels;
    • Identify and assist industry partners to develop branding/marketing opportunities, including differentiating certifications such as USDA organic; and
    • Create and support innovation in the aquaculture seaweed industry.

    Contact us for more information.

    Join Us!

    Your Support is Essential!

     

    Supporting our mission is simple. There are two levels of participation:

    1. Sustaining Member. Your contribution will support our work to provide innovative educational and research programs that will support our local marine communities and create a healthier environment through sustainable aquaculture.
    2. Industry Member. Industry members support our work through either financial support or partnering with us to create innovative and collaborative programs that will make sustain a vibrant and innovative seaweed aquaculture industry.

    As a 501(c)(3) your support maybe be tax deductible. Contact us for more information and to apply.

  • Industry Partners

    Founded by Springtide Seaweed, LLC, and other leading farmed seaweed companies in Maine.

    Springtide Seaweed, LLC

    Sea by Leaf - Grown in Maine

    Springtide offers educational programs, nursery seed, harvesting support, as well as processing and packaging services to seaweed farmers throughout the world.

    Maine Sea Farms, LLC

     

    Discover the extraordinary opportunities of Maine seaweed.

     

    Maine Fresh Sea Farms has a vision to provide a model for growing sea vegetables in a sustainable way, which can support the natural environment and protect Maine’s working waterfronts and marine-based economy.

  • News & Initiatives

    MSE Initiatives

    MSE Seaweed Conference & Fair

    Maine Seaweed Fair set for July 20th, 2019! Practical Seaweed Farmer Conference awaiting final dates this fall.

    The Practical Seaweed Farmer Conference is an intensive day of learning and exchange of ideas to support new and existing seaweed farmers in developing best practices and innovation. The Conference will be located at the Strand Theatre in Rockland Maine. The Maine Seaweed Fair is an exciting day of celebrating all things seaweed. It will be held at the Snow Marine Park in Rockland Maine.

    MSE Certification - Apply Now

    MSE Certified Products Add Value

    Obtaining MSE Certification entitles you to use the MSE Approved label on your products and provides assurance to consumers that your products meet the highest standards. Learn More.

    Advocacy Work Groups

    MSE is taking the lead in seaweed aquaculture advocacy.

    MSE is actively forming workgroups to address the issues that affect the farmed seaweed industry, such as the using of non-local seaweed seed. Contact us for more information.

    Seaweed Farmer Certification

    MSE has partnered with the University of Massachusetts-Boston to Offer a Seaweed Farmer Certification Program.

    An MSE Seaweed Farmer Certification tells the world that you are a professional with expertise in sustainable aquaculture, food safety, and you have what it takes to grow the finest seaweed in the world!

    Learn More.

    Industry Standards & Exchange

    The MSE seeks to create commodity standards for seaweed to facilitate exchange-based transactions.

    The Maine Seaweed Exchange seeks to:

    • Define a commodity specification for various seaweed species;
    • Provide a forum for buyers and sellers of seaweed to connect;
    • Assist in coordinating processing and packaging services for our members and others;
    • Develop a broker-dealer platform for seaweed and seaweed products; 
    • Assist in developing markets for seaweed products and increase distribution channels;
    • Identify and develop branding/marketing opportunities, including differentiating certifications such as USDA organic; and
    • Create and support innovation in the aquaculture seaweed industry.

    Contact us for more information.

  • Seaweed Offers

    Trying to buy or sell farmed seaweed? List it here- its free!

  • Connect With Us

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