Seaweed Group CEO to attend Jobs Summit in Canberra

Press release: 29/8/2022


Sam Elsom, CEO of innovative Tasmanian climate technology company and Australia’s leading seaweed producer, Sea Forest, has been invited to attend the Federal Government Jobs and Skills Summit in Canberra on September 1-2.

Recipient of several grants from the Federal Government and the Government of Tasmania, Sea Forest is working in partnership with James Cook University and the University of Tasmania to research and develop the commercial scale production of its livestock supplement based on algae, methane mitigating, SeaFeed, with the potential to reduce the country’s agricultural emissions by 70%.

Mr Elsom said: “I will share with the summit how a handful of Australian companies are responding to the need to decarbonize the economy and are at the forefront of the fight to reduce emissions, using Australian science , as pioneers in the development of a new green economy, and in doing so, develop new skills and unique opportunities for the country”.

Globally, the quest to reduce emissions has led to the introduction of taxes, tariffs and, in regions such as the EU and the UK, a mandatory 30% reduction in the number of livestock to meet emission reduction targets. These actions lead to unemployment and have a direct impact on food security.

“We are building an incredibly exciting new industry in the Tasmanian region, driving investment in science and innovation, regional employment and community development and working with global experts, Australian farmers and progressive retailers to address a major problem facing the world. The federal government recognizes the growing popularity of our unique seaweed supplement, which has been shown to reduce methane emissions in livestock,” added Mr. Elsom.

Sea Forest currently markets SeaFeed supplementation with a range of beef, dairy and wool companies across Australia and New Zealand, including Fonterra, Australian Agricultural Company and Stockyard.

Sea Forest is bolstering its production capacity of Asparagopsis for the livestock sector following a major property acquisition of 30 hectares in Swansea, Tasmania.

The Swansea operation, which has 660 ponds, complements Sea Forest’s marine farming, harvesting and processing operations at its 1,800 hectare marine farm in Triabunna, also north of Hobart.

With 45 employees, the company is a major employer in the region and is building a skilled workforce for the new economy.

“Attracting and retaining the brightest minds in the regions is not only dependent on job opportunities, it requires significant investment in supporting amenities such as education, leisure facilities and housing,” Elsom concluded. .


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