GCRF GlobalSeaweed* - Safeguarding the future of seaweed aquaculture in developing countries

Lead Research Organisation: Scottish Association For Marine Science
Department Name: Scottish Association For Marine Science

Abstract

The seaweed cultivation industry is the fastest-growing of all aquaculture sectors, with an annual growth rate of 10% and a value in excess of $5bn. 95% of this cultivation is undertaken by developing countries. Worldwide, seaweed farming provides income to 'millions of families' in rural coastal communities and has enabled women to become economically active for the first time, in areas where few opportunities exist. Yet outbreaks of seaweed disease and pests are threatening this industry, leading to dramatic (>15%) declines in yield, notably in three major seaweed-producing developing countries - the Philippines, Tanzania and Indonesia and is having catastrophic socio-economic impacts on the communities reliant on seaweed production. In the Philippines alone, losses over US$ 100 million a year were attributed to disease, representing 15% of their farmed seaweed production and similar reductions have been seen in Tanzania and Indonesia.

OUR VISION for the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) GlobalSeaweed* programme, therefore, is to grow the research and innovation capability of developing countries engaged in seaweed farming. The GCRF GlobalSeaweed* team will consist of international experts in algal biology, aquatic pathology, disease and pest identification, biosecurity and policy development. It will be a 4-year programme, primarily collaborating with senior seaweed specialists in the Philippines, Indonesia and Tanzania, but we envisage working with many other seaweed producing developing countries through the establishment of a GCRF GlobalSeaweed* Fund, enabling rapid action to emerging crises in the seaweed industry & fostering further international cooperation.

GCRF GlobalSeaweed* aims to address three key 'Development Challenges' directly linked to the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals and these include:

Challenge #1: Secure and resilient food systems supported by sustainable aquaculture - develop innovative new detection methods for key yield-limiting seaweed diseases and pests on cultivation sites and in the wider environment and legislation/ biosecurity measures to prevent their introduction and spread: We will focus on identification of emergent diseases and pests and the development of early warning, risk-based detection protocols and robust national and international policies to ensure the security and resilience of this industry in developing countries.

Challenge #2: Resilience and action on short term environmental shock and long term environmental change - mitigate the sensitivity of seaweeds to fluctuating environmental conditions and climate change: We will empower our overseas partners to develop and test new commercial strains for increased resistance to the key yield-limiting diseases and pests under conditions of environmental change and embed the knowledge gained into practical farm management protocols to ensure maximum yield at the farm sites.

Challenge #3: Sustainable livelihoods supported by strong foundations, infrastructure and gender equality for sustainable economic growth and innovation - understand the socio-, political and institutional landscapes in our overseas partners regarding biosecurity, gender equality and risk management: We will work closely with local communities and national governments to develop a robust approach to policy development to promote sustainable economic growth of the seaweed industry in these countries.

Through addressing these challenges, GCRF GlobalSeaweed* will not only produce excellent scientific research, but train 24+ early career researchers, develop open access training materials and an unprecedented digital Atlas of Seaweed Disease and Pests, protocols, international technical and policy papers in collaboration with the FAO and United Nations University and organise special sessions at international conferences and sharing best practice events in collaboration with our overseas partners.

Planned Impact

GCRF Global Seaweed* will work towards four types of impact: 'conceptual': contributing to understanding and influencing knowledge held by researchers, seaweed farmers and policy-makers; 'instrumental': impacts on policies and practices at community, national and international levels; 'capacity building': strengthening seaweed farmers' capacity to implement sustainable, gender equitable and resilient farming practices; and our research partners' ability to conduct high quality research and influence policy-making and practice; and 'connectivity': strengthening national and international community-research-policy-practice networks.

...on different groups of stakeholders.

a) Researchers specialising in seaweed production, wider aquaculture, and biosecurity for diseases and pests including; (i) early career researchers from our overseas partners in the Philippines, Indonesia and Tanzania, who will benefit immensely from a 6 month intensive training period in the UK and working alongside established seaweed specialists; (ii) the disease and invasive species research community who will benefit from the project's taxonomic, eDNA and biosecurity data which will be integrated into prominent international efforts through the South Pacific Communities Programme, Intercoast Network Tanzania, the Latin American Seaweed Network and the existing GlobalSeaweed network. Via existing links with international societies, we will also establish special sessions at their international conferences to bring together science and other stakeholders in seaweed aquaculture. Data on disease and pests generated during GCRF Global Seaweed* will also be made available to the wider academic community, through inclusion in the global digital Atlas, Molecular Collections Facility and herbarium collections at the Natural History Museum and DAC-list partner country (DP) repositories.

b) National policymakers and practitioners in our three partner countries.
Our science will contribute to regional assessments and policy formation in the Philippines, Indonesia and Tanzania, through existing links with the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre (SEAFDEC), and the Institute of Marine Science, University of Dar es Salaam (IMS-UDS) and new links with the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science in Sam Ratulangi University (FoFaMS). We will enhance our partners' existing policy engagement strategies by helping them develop detailed policy influence plans and we will develop national policy briefs 'from the ground up'; discussing our research findings with local communities and aquaculture extension officers to develop locally-informed recommendations at Sharing Best Practice (SBP) events, organised by each overseas partner. We will publish accessible working papers and collections of short policy-relevant essays on aspects of seaweed production and farming to engage national stakeholders.

c) International policymakers
To ensure impact on a wide range of developing countries, we will disseminate our findings via the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and UNU-INWEH. We will also strengthen relationships with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to ensure that its policies are informed by the new science

d) Seaweed farming communities
Our partners already work closely with local seaweed farming communities (>2M farmers in DPs alone). Combining our research findings with local knowledge will help develop appropriate recommendations for policy and practice, building a good shared understanding of how to develop farming practices that are resilient in the face of climate change, price shocks and other risks.

e) The wider public
We will use GCRF Global Seaweed* platform to engage and inform government officials (>250 in DPs) and the general public in our partner countries, the UK and internationally, through out website, Twitter, short documentaries and open forums, such as the SBP events.
 
Title GCRF GSSTAR Flyer 
Description GCRF GlobalSeaweedSTAR Promotional Flyer 
Type Of Art Image 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The flyer informs the recipient about the GSSTAR Programme and the Travel and Research Fund, including a contact address for the GSSTAR Fund Manager. All 500 flyers produced were distributed during a recent trip to Tanzania and considerable interest in the Funds have been shown by researchers in this country. 
 
Title GSSTAR Poster for GCRF Cohort Workshop 2017 
Description A1 Poster entitled 'Safeguarding the future of the seaweed industry in developing countries' produced for GCRF GROW Cohort Workshop 2017 
Type Of Art Image 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Increased engagement with other GCRF GROW Cohort members. 
 
Title Short Documentary produced by GlobalSeaweedSTAR Early Career Researcher - Team 2 
Description Short documentary about the UK training period for our Early Career Researchers and how they are enjoying life in the UK. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Notable impacts include increased English language skills, team bonding and self-confidence amongst the ECRs 
URL http://www.globalseaweedstar.org
 
Title Short documentary film created by four Early Career Researchers on GlobalSeaweedSTAR 
Description Short documentary filmed by four of our Early Career Researchers (ECRs) on GlobalSeaweedSTAR about their experiences of the training component of the Programme and about living in the UK 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Main impact is the notable increase in language skills and self-confidence of the ECRs. 
URL https://drive.google.com/file/d/1me4RnoxuKXKbALRs7TwaCWNK3pxNqNC9/view
 
Description Contribution to the PHYCOMORPH European Guidelines for Sustainable aquaculture OF SEAWEEDS "PEGASUS"
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL http://www.phycomorph.org/news/preparation-of-european-seaweed-aquaculture-guidelines-pegasus
 
Description DEFRA Importing algae from outside the EU - clarifying UK legal requirements for the algal biotechnology industry
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Membership of FAO working group
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact The technical document that will be produced by this FAO working group will hopefully produce quantitative benefits in the livelihoods of aqauculture producers worldwide, including seaweed farmers.
 
Description Policy Brief produced and largely shared.The Policy Brief has now been covered in English, Spanish, German , Chinese, Italian and Dutch by ~ 90 news sites in 3 8 countries, along with 1 TV and 4 radio interviews
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Title Global Seaweed Legislation 
Description Online, open-access searchable database detailing legislation relating to biosecurity and/or seaweed aquaculture. The Database currently covers Indonesia, the Philippines and Tanzania and will shortly also include Malaysia. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact To early to state impacts at present. 
 
Title My Seaweed Looks Weird 
Description Our aim is to accelerate the description of algal diseases worldwide, by screening samples submitted by scientists, seaweed professionals or members of the public. We will use the data to identify and map diseases, as well as describe novel or emerging issues. With time, we will make the results of this work available for free, through Open Access publications and a (yet-to-be-built) online disease atlas. This portal, and the underpinning database will be populated through several geographically-focused grants (GCRF GlobalSEaweed* for developing countries, H2020 GENIALG for European waters). We also welcome any sample submission from seaweed professionals, or members of the public anywhere in the world who wish to support our effort. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact We hope that this portal will substantially accelerate the description and discovery of novel algal diseases. 
URL https://www.globalseaweed.org/?page_id=889
 
Description GSSTAR Advisory Board 
Organisation DuPont
Department DuPont (UK) Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution GSSTAR provides the Advisory Board members with quarterly updates on progress.
Collaborator Contribution The Advisory Board provides the GSSTAR Programme team with a wealth of knowledge in running large programme, in addition to guidance and strategic advice on how to develop the programme long term.
Impact Advisory Board report submitted as part of the UKRI Stage Gate Review Process in Sept 2018.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GSSTAR Advisory Board 
Organisation Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)
Country Italy 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution GSSTAR provides the Advisory Board members with quarterly updates on progress.
Collaborator Contribution The Advisory Board provides the GSSTAR Programme team with a wealth of knowledge in running large programme, in addition to guidance and strategic advice on how to develop the programme long term.
Impact Advisory Board report submitted as part of the UKRI Stage Gate Review Process in Sept 2018.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GSSTAR Advisory Board 
Organisation Kongju National University
Country Korea, Republic of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution GSSTAR provides the Advisory Board members with quarterly updates on progress.
Collaborator Contribution The Advisory Board provides the GSSTAR Programme team with a wealth of knowledge in running large programme, in addition to guidance and strategic advice on how to develop the programme long term.
Impact Advisory Board report submitted as part of the UKRI Stage Gate Review Process in Sept 2018.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GSSTAR Advisory Board 
Organisation Nelson Mandela University
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution GSSTAR provides the Advisory Board members with quarterly updates on progress.
Collaborator Contribution The Advisory Board provides the GSSTAR Programme team with a wealth of knowledge in running large programme, in addition to guidance and strategic advice on how to develop the programme long term.
Impact Advisory Board report submitted as part of the UKRI Stage Gate Review Process in Sept 2018.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GSSTAR Advisory Board 
Organisation University of Southampton
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution GSSTAR provides the Advisory Board members with quarterly updates on progress.
Collaborator Contribution The Advisory Board provides the GSSTAR Programme team with a wealth of knowledge in running large programme, in addition to guidance and strategic advice on how to develop the programme long term.
Impact Advisory Board report submitted as part of the UKRI Stage Gate Review Process in Sept 2018.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GlobalseaweedSTAR Sub-Contractor Seafdec 
Organisation Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center
PI Contribution Expertise in algal diseases physiology, disease genomic, disease-resistance, marine invasive species and biosecurity. Training of Early Career Researchers, Access to data, facilities and equipment.
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program,
Impact It is a multidisciplinary collaboration : Work Package 1 (WP1) - Disease and Pest Detection ; WP2 - Biosecurity: Farm Management & Legislation ; WP3 - Characterisation, conservation and exploitation of algal genetic resources towards crop improvement ; WP4 - Socio-Economic Resilience. First impacts: conferences at the BPS annual meeting in January 2018.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GlobalseaweedSTAR collaborating party NHM 
Organisation Natural History Museum
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program. Algal diseases physiology, disease genomics, disease-resistance, bioinformatics. Marine invasive species and biosecurity
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program!; International expertise in seaweeds, including genomic approaches to macroalgae and microbiomes, taxonomy and phylogenetics
Impact Mutidisciplinary collaboration: Work Package 1 (WP1) - Disease and Pest Detection ; WP2 - Biosecurity: Farm Management & Legislation; WP3 - Characterisation, conservation and exploitation of algal genetic resources towards crop improvement ; WP4 - Socio-Economic Resilience. First impacts: 3 conferences at the BPS annual meeting in January 2018, Southend.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GlobalseaweedSTAR collaborating party ODI 
Organisation Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program. Algal diseases physiology, disease genomics, disease-resistance, bioinformatics. Marine invasive species and biosecurity
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program. High quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate.
Impact Mutidisciplinary collaboration:Work Package 1 (WP1) - Disease and Pest Detection ; WP2 - Biosecurity: Farm Management & Legislation; WP3 - Characterisation, conservation and exploitation of algal genetic resources towards crop improvement ; WP4 - Socio-Economic Resilience. First impacts: 3 conferences at the BPS annual meeting in January 2018, Southend.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GlobalseaweedSTAR collaborating party SRU 
Organisation Sam Ratulangi University
PI Contribution Expertise in algae diseases physiologie, genomics , disease resistance, marine invasives species, biosecurity. ECRs training, access to data, facilities and equipment
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program
Impact Mutidisciplinary collaboration:Work Package 1 (WP1) - Disease and Pest Detection ; WP2 - Biosecurity: Farm Management & Legislation; WP3 - Characterisation, conservation and exploitation of algal genetic resources towards crop improvement ; WP4 - Socio-Economic Resilience. First impacts: 3 conferences at the BPS annual meeting in January 2018, Southend.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GlobalseaweedSTAR collaborating party UDSM 
Organisation University of Dar es Salaam
Country Tanzania, United Republic of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise in algae diseases physiologie, genomics , disease resistance, marine invasives species, biosecurity. ECRs training, access to data, facilities and equipment
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program
Impact Mutidisciplinary collaboration:Work Package 1 (WP1) - Disease and Pest Detection ; WP2 - Biosecurity: Farm Management & Legislation; WP3 - Characterisation, conservation and exploitation of algal genetic resources towards crop improvement ; WP4 - Socio-Economic Resilience. First impacts: 3 conferences at the BPS annual meeting in January 2018, Southend.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GlobalseaweedSTAR collaborating party UPVFI 
Organisation University of the Philippines
Country Philippines 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Expertise in algae diseases physiologie, genomics , disease resistance, marine invasives species, biosecurity. ECRs training, access to data, facilities and equipment
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program; International expertise in seaweeds, including genomic approaches to systematics and phylogenetic of algae and bioinfornatics
Impact Mutidisciplinary collaboration: Work Package 1 (WP1) - Disease and Pest Detection ; WP2 - Biosecurity: Farm Management & Legislation; WP3 - Characterisation, conservation and exploitation of algal genetic resources towards crop improvement ; WP4 - Socio-Economic Resilience. First impacts: 1 conferences at the BPS annual meeting in January 2019, Oban.
Start Year 2019
 
Description GlobalseaweedSTAR collaborating sub-contractor CEFAS 
Organisation Centre For Environment, Fisheries And Aquaculture Science
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program. Algal diseases physiology, disease genomics, disease-resistance, bioinformatics. Marine invasive species and biosecurity
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program. Aquatic species pathology , histopathology, transmission electron microscopy and molecular (PCR, QPCR, NGS) systematics for the classification of novel and emerging diseases.
Impact Mutidisciplinary collaboration:Work Package 1 (WP1) - Disease and Pest Detection ; WP2 - Biosecurity: Farm Management & Legislation; WP3 - Characterisation, conservation and exploitation of algal genetic resources towards crop improvement ; WP4 - Socio-Economic Resilience. First impacts: 3 conferences at the BPS annual meeting in January 2018, Southend.
Start Year 2017
 
Description GlobalseaweedSTAR collaborating sub-contractor UNU-INWEH 
Organisation United Nations University
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program. Algal diseases physiology, disease genomics, disease-resistance, bioinformatics. Marine invasive species and biosecurity
Collaborator Contribution Intellectual imput designing kpi, designing joint collaborative research program.
Impact Mutidisciplinary collaboration:Work Package 1 (WP1) - Disease and Pest Detection ; WP2 - Biosecurity: Farm Management & Legislation; WP3 - Characterisation, conservation and exploitation of algal genetic resources towards crop improvement ; WP4 - Socio-Economic Resilience. First impacts: 3 conferences at the BPS annual meeting in January 2018, Southend.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Mini-Symposium - International Seaweed Symposium, Korea 2019 
Organisation Austral University of Chile
PI Contribution PI Cottier-Cook lead author in the preparation of academic manuscript based upon Global Seaweed United Nations Policy Brief and joint author of the mini-symposium proposal submission in collaboration with Prof Juliet Brodie from the Natural History Museum, London, in which Prof Chad Hewitt (UWA), Prof Phaik Eem Lim (Uni Malaya), Prof Gwang Kim Hoon (Kongju National Uni) and Dr Marie-Laure Guillemin (Austal Uni) were named as a keynote speakers, external to the core GSSTAR Programme Team.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution by Partners listed to preparation of academic manuscript based upon Global Seaweed United Nations Policy Brief and acceptance of guest speakers listed to give invited oral presentations for the GlobalSeaweedSTAR mini-symposium, which has been accepted by the International Seaweed Symposium conference organisers for 28 April to 3 May 2019.
Impact Output will be a mini-symposium entitled "Innovative approaches to tackling pests and diseases in seaweed aquaculture" at the ISS conference in Korea 2018.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Mini-Symposium - International Seaweed Symposium, Korea 2019 
Organisation Kongju National University
Country Korea, Republic of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution PI Cottier-Cook lead author in the preparation of academic manuscript based upon Global Seaweed United Nations Policy Brief and joint author of the mini-symposium proposal submission in collaboration with Prof Juliet Brodie from the Natural History Museum, London, in which Prof Chad Hewitt (UWA), Prof Phaik Eem Lim (Uni Malaya), Prof Gwang Kim Hoon (Kongju National Uni) and Dr Marie-Laure Guillemin (Austal Uni) were named as a keynote speakers, external to the core GSSTAR Programme Team.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution by Partners listed to preparation of academic manuscript based upon Global Seaweed United Nations Policy Brief and acceptance of guest speakers listed to give invited oral presentations for the GlobalSeaweedSTAR mini-symposium, which has been accepted by the International Seaweed Symposium conference organisers for 28 April to 3 May 2019.
Impact Output will be a mini-symposium entitled "Innovative approaches to tackling pests and diseases in seaweed aquaculture" at the ISS conference in Korea 2018.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Mini-Symposium - International Seaweed Symposium, Korea 2019 
Organisation University of Malaya
Country Malaysia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution PI Cottier-Cook lead author in the preparation of academic manuscript based upon Global Seaweed United Nations Policy Brief and joint author of the mini-symposium proposal submission in collaboration with Prof Juliet Brodie from the Natural History Museum, London, in which Prof Chad Hewitt (UWA), Prof Phaik Eem Lim (Uni Malaya), Prof Gwang Kim Hoon (Kongju National Uni) and Dr Marie-Laure Guillemin (Austal Uni) were named as a keynote speakers, external to the core GSSTAR Programme Team.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution by Partners listed to preparation of academic manuscript based upon Global Seaweed United Nations Policy Brief and acceptance of guest speakers listed to give invited oral presentations for the GlobalSeaweedSTAR mini-symposium, which has been accepted by the International Seaweed Symposium conference organisers for 28 April to 3 May 2019.
Impact Output will be a mini-symposium entitled "Innovative approaches to tackling pests and diseases in seaweed aquaculture" at the ISS conference in Korea 2018.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Mini-Symposium - International Seaweed Symposium, Korea 2019 
Organisation University of Western Australia
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution PI Cottier-Cook lead author in the preparation of academic manuscript based upon Global Seaweed United Nations Policy Brief and joint author of the mini-symposium proposal submission in collaboration with Prof Juliet Brodie from the Natural History Museum, London, in which Prof Chad Hewitt (UWA), Prof Phaik Eem Lim (Uni Malaya), Prof Gwang Kim Hoon (Kongju National Uni) and Dr Marie-Laure Guillemin (Austal Uni) were named as a keynote speakers, external to the core GSSTAR Programme Team.
Collaborator Contribution Contribution by Partners listed to preparation of academic manuscript based upon Global Seaweed United Nations Policy Brief and acceptance of guest speakers listed to give invited oral presentations for the GlobalSeaweedSTAR mini-symposium, which has been accepted by the International Seaweed Symposium conference organisers for 28 April to 3 May 2019.
Impact Output will be a mini-symposium entitled "Innovative approaches to tackling pests and diseases in seaweed aquaculture" at the ISS conference in Korea 2018.
Start Year 2018
 
Description CommonWealth Marine Science - Southampton 9 April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact GSSTAR was promoted at the Commonwealth Event. The purpose of the event was to deliver a marine focused showcase event as one of the side events taking place around the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting London 2018. The format of the Commonwealth UK Marine Showcase was developed at the request of Thérèse Coffey, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. To raise the profile of the breadth of work undertaken by the UK across the Commonwealth and to highlight the collaboration undertaken between Commonwealth members and the UK.
A booth was set up to promote the project (pop-up / video display / flyers).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.google.com/search?q=Commonwealth+Marine+Science+Event&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b
 
Description FAO Aquaculture Biosecurity Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 80 policymakers, the World Bank and senior international country representatives attended an FAO workshop on developing a Progressive Management Pathway for Aquaculture Biosecurity (PMP-AB) in Paris (29-31 Jan 2019). PI Cottier-Cook gave a presentation entitled "Seaweed Aquaculture - Biosecurity Policy and Practice". PDRA Campbell was also in attendance.

Key outcomes from this workshop included:

- Seaweed aquaculture will now be considered in the PMP-AB (this was not the case prior to this meeting)
- FAO COFI-Aquaculture Committee will be informed of the importance of biosecurity in seaweed aquaculture
- Seaweed aquaculture side-event will be held at the FAO COFI-AQ meeting in Trondheim in Aug 2019, with the intention of gaining member support for a technical report that will be submitted to the next FAO COFI-AQ meeting in 2021.
-PI Cottier-Cook will attend the FAO COFI-AQ meeting in 2019 as an observer.
-PI Cottier-Cook invited to join working group to write the next draft of the FAO PMP-AB technical document
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.fao.org/fishery/static/news/MultistakeholderConsultation/Item1.pdf
 
Description Fisherfolks Forum, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Promotion of the seaweed farming / opportunities and impacts for fishermen.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description GCRF GROW Cohort Workshop 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact GCRF Cohort Workshop for Programme Coordinators - intended purpose to promote networking opportunities between projects working in similar regions and on similar themes. Included round table discussions on sharing experience of Project Management organisation and monitoring and evaluation procedures amongst cohort members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Guest Scholar - University of Nantes, France 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 50 Masters students attended a series of guest lectures provided by PI Cottier-Cook at the University of Nantes in December 2018 on the work of GCRF Global SeaweedSTAR. This led to a number of questions and discussion and this has led to an increase in enquiries by students wanting to do their research dissertation on a seaweed-related topic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.emm-aces.org
 
Description ICES Workshop on Introductions and Transmission of Marine Organisms (ICES WGITMO) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact ~60 ICES country representatives attended the ICES WGITMO workshop in CEFAS, Weymouth (4-7 March 2019). Presentations were given followed by discussions over the Working Group Terms of Reference (ToR). The addition of a new ToR regarding the introduction and transfer of non-native species via aquaculture was approved by the working group and PI Cottier-Cook will be contributing to this ToR over the next 12 months.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/cefasgovuk?lang=en
 
Description Invited Lecturer - University of the Highlands and Islands - Marine Science Degree 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact 25 undergraduate students attended a lecture at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (University of the Highlands and Islands) given by PI Cottier-Cook on how to write a successful GCRF proposal. This sparked many questions and discussion, and the University has reported increased interest in hosting this talk again next year.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.sams.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/marine-science-bsc/
 
Description Launch of GSSTAR Research Fund at Seaweed Cluster Day in Tanzania 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In Tanzania, each year, the Seaweed Cluster Initiative in Zanzibar (ZaSCI) organise the Seaweed Day in July. This National Day for seaweeds gather key stakeholders on seaweeds with the attendance of farmers, policymakers and politicians. In 2018, the Seaweed Day took place in Pemba (Tanzania). 5 GSSTAR team members from UK institutions including the PI were there with GSSTAR Tanzania team to promote the project and launch the first call for GSSTAR Research Fund. The Ministers for Agriculture and Trade were both there, plus the Director for the Environment and regional and district governors. All were extremely interested in our project and wanted to know more about the Research Fund.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team (MS-LOT) and Scottish Natural Heritage - meeting about seaweed farm licencing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Discussion about Seaweed Farm Licencing.
1. Environmental impacts
2. Segwaying into site selection
3. Nutrient enrichment
4. Seedstock library/ breeding
5. Biosecurity (GSSTAR team member Iona Campbell)
6. Best practices internationally (GSSTAR team member Iona Campbell)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description National Network on Women in Fisheries in the Philippines 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact - The Silent Workers: Gender and power relations in the Seaweed Industry
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description RCUK - GCRF Engagement Event Scotland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To share the experience of applying for a RCUK GCRF grant with other senior researchers from Universities throughout Scotland. The event was hosted by St Andrews University and the talk generated intense discussion, particularly from members of the audience who were planning to apply for GCRF funding in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Scottish Seaweed Industry Association - Invited Speaker 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited oral presentation on biosecurity issues to members of the Scottish Seaweed Industry Association attended by over 100 delegates, followed by questions from industry participants by PI Cottier-Cook
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Seminar: Role of UKRI_GCRF-GlobalSeaweedSTAR in meeting the challenges of the Phillipine Seaweed Industry - Mumbai India 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk on the Role of UKRI_GCRF-GlobalSeaweedSTAR in meeting the challenges of the Phillipine Seaweed Industry at the Institute of Chemical Trechnology DBT-ICT Centre for Energy BioSciences Mumbai, India
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Training course - Kappaphycus micropropagation and Nursery Operations - SEAFDEC Iloilo 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Training in Kappaphycus micropropagation and Nursery Operations, Lectures in Global Seaweed hydrocolloid Industry, economic analysis of seaweed nursery, land-based / sea-based nursery management , review in Kappaphycus and Euchema taxonomy and diversity, gender empowerment in fisheries in aquaculture
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018