A new Progressive Management Pathway for improving seaweed biosecurity

Elizabeth J Cottier-Cook, Jennefe P Cabarubias, Janina Brakel, Juliet Brodie, Alejandro H Buschmann, Iona Campbell, Alan T Critchley, Chad L Hewitt, Jie Huang, Anicia Q Hurtado, Cicilia S B Kambey, Phaik Eem Lim, Tao Liu, Jonalyn P Mateo, Flower E Msuya, Zizhong Qi, Louise Shaxson, Grant D Stentiford, Melba G Bondad-Reantaso

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Abstract

The rapid expansion and globalization of the seaweed production industry, combined with rising seawater temperatures and coastal eutrophication, has led to an increase in infectious diseases and pest outbreaks. Here, we propose a novel Progressive Management Pathway for improving Seaweed Biosecurity. Seaweed cultivation is rapidly expanding globally. The leading region for seaweed production is Asia, although other regions (i.e., South America, Africa and Europe) have increasingly begun to cultivate selected seaweeds in response to rising global demand for a wide range of products dedicated to human consumption, such as food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. Other uses include agricultural fertilisers, livestock feed, biofuels, biomaterials used, for example in food packaging, and more recently the capture of atmospheric carbon.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7401 (2022)
JournalNature Communications
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Seaweed
  • Biosecurity
  • Aquaculture
  • Progressive Management Pathway

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