Seaweed Farming in Maine and Iceland

Department of Natural and Applied Sciences

About

In recognition of algae as a sustainable source for bio-based products, fuel, and foods, the Algae Technology Educational Consortium is developing educational programs to strengthen workforce capabilities, both through a technical college degree in Algae Biology, Cultivation, and Technology, as well as through an online extension program designed for professionals in the industry. Through this project, USM and a group of collaborators from the University of New England, the Aquaculture Innovation Center, and the Maine Sea Grant extension film and develop a week-long online course featuring the recent renaissance in Maine kelp farming. As part of this effort, the project creates partnerships in Iceland’s algae community and works to expand this educational effort through finding ways for connection and collaboration between aquaculture companies and initiatives. The ultimate goal of this work is to help aquaculture companies in Maine and similar regions develop robust polycultures that support evolving global needs.

Vision

The project is currently working with STEM programs to evaluate the feasibility of expanding the short course into to a four-year degree.

Collaborators

The project is currently working with STEM programs to evaluate the feasibility of expanding the short course into to a four-year degree.

Project Lead

Ira Levine

Department of Natural and Applied Sciences

Ike Levine completed his doctoral studies in botanical sciences at the University of Hawaii. He offers courses in scientific topics, biological principles, applied botany, environmental sciences, ecology, coastal ecology, and marine biology. His area of expertise is algal physiological ecology and marine agronomy.

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