OPTIMAKELP was present at Oceans Past Initiative’s 7th conference in Bremerhaven, Germany 22th to 26th October 2018, hosted by Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) & the German Maritime Museum. The conference theme was Tracing human interactions with marine ecosystems through deep time: implications for policy and management. Frode Sundnes (NIVA) made a presentation titled “Historical uses of kelp and seaweed along the Norwegian coast”
As a MARINFORSK project, OPTIMAKELP was invited to present the project at the Research Council of Norway’s conference on ocean research 24-25. October at Lillestrøm, Norway. The conference emphasized Norway’s role as a leader country on ocean research and Sustainable Development Goal #14: Life beyond water.
In October, schools in Vega and Frøya were visited by OPTIMAKELP’s educational outreach component “The Kelp Experience”. Through theater, movie-making, collecting and cooking, the children learned about the kelp’s biology and ecological role, the historical use of kelp in Norway and the extent to which the gastronomic and nutritional properties of kelp make it a promising candidate for new businesses along the Norwegian coast.. See SALT.nu story and pictures here (in Norwegian)
OPTIMAKELP's reference group consist of representatives from the kelp industry (trawling, small-scale harvesting and cultivation), national and regional authorities, research institutions and environmental NGOs. We all met in Oslo to discuss the project and kelp forests at large on September 18th.
OPTIMAKELP AT ARENDALSUKA
During 16th August at Arendalsuka, The Norwegian Blue Forest Network (NBFN) had a very exciting exhibition on the topic “Sustainable use of resources from the blue forests” with many fascinating presenters on the topic. OPTIMAKELP was among the invited projects to be presented, and Marianne Karlsson and Hege Gundersen went there with an OPTIMAKELP roll-up and lots of flyers. They met with many interesting and interested people from management, industry and local politicians. Hopefully there will be a follow-up on this next Arendalsuka starting August 12th!
During summer 2018, field work was done in Nordland, from Lurøy municipality in the south to Lofoten in the north. More than 500 registrations of sugar kelp (Saccharina latissimi) were made along various depth- and environmental gradients, in accordance with standard methods and field protocols. To see photos from the fieldwork click on the link below.
Project member Froukje Platjouw organized a workshop " Reconciling the Rule of Law with Adaptive Governance of Marine Ecosystems: Challenges and Opportunities for the Arctic and Beyond" 15 June at the Faculty of Law, Oslo University. Marianne Karlsson and Frode Sundnes presented initial thoughts on the adaptive governance of kelp forests in Norway.