An informative video on the roles, applications and values of seaweeds in marine ecosystems, our economy and society has been created by researchers at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John and at the Fisheries and Oceans Canada St. Andrews Biological Station, in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the NSERC Canadian Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Network, and Cooke Aquaculture Inc.

The piece is designed for the general public, experts and educators alike. Seaweeds belong to one of the less known and appreciated groups of marine organisms on this planet – the marine algae – yet play key roles in Earth processes and services. Seaweeds are the largest crop cultivated at sea (46%). They are used in many diverse applications, making them part of our everyday life (from your orange juice in the morning to your toothpaste at night).

Not only are the seaweeds cultivated in the Bay of Fundy involved in recapturing nutrients in integrated multi–trophic aquaculture systems, they are becoming commercial crops as sea vegetables and ingredients in cosmetics and fish feed.

For more information on the research, this project or the partnership, contact Dr. Thierry Chopin, UNB marine biology professor and scientific director of the Canadian Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Network (CIMTAN) at tchopin@unb.ca

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Heather Campbell
UNB Communications and Marketing
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