This report was conducted as part of the SEA project. The project is led by Hethel Innovation in collaboration with The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and the University of East Anglia (UEA). The SEA project is funded by the Norfolk Investment Framework, Norfolk County Council, UK.

The link to the PDF version of the report can be found here.

This report brings together the main takeaways from each piece of research conducted as part of the Seaweed in East Anglia (SEA) Project. This research has been used to create a roadmap for the growth of the seaweed economy in Norfolk and the East of England.

All of the research referenced in the report is available to read in full as separate documents. The research is posted on the Hethel Innovation website and links are provided in the Roadmap document.

Six recommendations/solutions that can support the growth of a seaweed economy in Norfolk and the East of England have been identified and mapped on a development timeline in terms of priority for further research and delivery.

  1. Focus on seaweed product development that supports Norfolk’s agricultural sector, the local food industry, and development of bioplastics
  2. Build a local biorefinery and seaweed nursery
  3. Create a Norfolk-based testbed for seaweed cultivation
  4. Utilise business cluster networks to collect, monitor, and share industry data
  5. Research the potential for seaweed to be used as an energy source
  6. Facilitate the creation of end-to-end Norfolk seaweed supply chains

This work has been possible thanks to the Norfolk Investment Framework, Norfolk County Council.