• The 2018 Practical Seaweed Farmer Conference is a Wonderful Memory!


    Covid-19 Update: Due to concerns about the health of fair participants and attendees, the 2020 Practical Seaweed Farmer Conference has been postponed indefinitely. Stay tuned for updates on a new date for the fair.

    Thank you for your continued support.


    Thanks to all our attendees and speakers. The conference exceeded expectations and was an amazing day of learning, networking and creative thought on seaweed and the seaweed industry! We are already planning next year's ​conference-- click here to sign up for updates!


    Note: This page reflects information about the 2018 Practical Seaweed Farmer Conference. This is a biennial event.

  • Practical Seaweed Farmer Conference

    Strand Theater, Rockland, Maine

    July 27, 2018

    The essential conference for new or established seaweed farmers!

    A full day of amazing speakers and programs designed to deliver practical knowledge and know-how.

    The Practical Seaweed Farmer Conference & Fair will be held on July 27-28, 2018 in Rockland, ME. Enjoy a full day of seaweed farming know-how followed by a joyous celebration of all things seaweed. Register here.

    Quick Facts

    Things to know....

    • Date: July 27, 2018
    • Times: 9 am to 5 pm
    • Location: Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841
    • Cost: $55- includes a networking reception and a $10 food voucher to some amazing local restaurants valid through the weekend.
    • "On the water" hands-on training session is available on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at our facility at the Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde Maine-- 30 minutes from Rockland. The session will include a seaweed lunch. Cost: $85.
    • Scholarships are available.
    • This program qualifies for credit towards the MSE Seaweed Farmer Certification Program offered in collaboration with the Herring Gut Learning Center.
    • Hotels for the event include the Hilton Garden in Rockland, telephone number 207-594-6644-- mention the MSE for a 10% off discounted rate; and the 250 Main Hotel, 250 Main Street, Rockland, telephone number 207-594-5994, the website is www.250mainhotel.com-- mention the MSE for a 10% off discounted rate.
    • Check out the Seaweed Trail!  

    Sponsor Information

    Things to know....


    • Mooring Sponsor: $1,000- Full media inclusion of logo/branding on all MSE Conference marketing, website, emails, & social media, and Conference bags with inserts, table at the conference, and speaking opportunity.
    • Buoy Sponsor: $500- Includes logo on website and special sponsor highlight e-mail blast and social media posts, sponsor table at the conference.


    • Restaurants participate by agreeing to accept a conference lunch voucher by participants at their restaurant. Participants will break for lunch in downtown Rockland on Friday, July 27th and will be encouraged to eat at participating restaurants.


    Help us create a "Seaweed Trail" of food, activities, and events along the coast. Free! Just let us know you plan on participating, and we'll put you on the trail!

    • Restaurant Sponsor: Offer a Maine seaweed dish or ingredient on your menu the day of the conference supplied insert in fair bags.
    • Skiff Sponsor: $100- Includes logo on website.
    • Arts/Events Sponsor: Offer a seaweed related event or showcase special sponsor highlight e-mail blast and social media posts, sponsor supplied insert in conference bags.



    • Offer information/products/services at the conference with a small table ($50).
    • Share your ideas for presentations, ideas, conversations at the conference.
    • Volunteer to help with the conference around the date of the conference (July 26-28th)
    • Hotel Sponsor: Offer a special discount for attendees of the conference and fair.


    CONTACT US TO REGISTER TO BE SPONSOR OR FOR MORE INFORMATION: info@seaweedexchange.com or 207-812-0050



  • Program and Venue

    A full day of exciting learning and information sharing.

    Conference Agenda

    Check back here often for updated agenda and speaker information.

    Conference Location

    The Practical Seaweed Farmer Conference will be held at the historic and beautiful Strand Theatre in downtown Rockland. The Strand is also a sponsor of the Conference.

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