On 14th of March, SeaMark lead partner Ocean Rainforest had the honor of welcoming Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, to their processing plant in Kaldbak, along with Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister of Denmark. The visit was organized by the Faroese Government, represented by Prime Minister Aksel V. Johannesen and Minister of Foreign Affairs Høgni Hoydal.

The visit focused on informing the distinguished guests about seaweed cultivation and its regenerative impact on the marine ecosystem. SeaMark was particularly showcased to the President of the EU Commission to highlight the market potential of seaweed-based products and showcase some of the project´s concrete results so far.

During the visit, discussions focused on scaling potential and market barriers for expanding seaweed cultivation in Europe, aiming to produce sustainable products that improve health and reduce carbon footprint in the supply chains, especially in the food and feed industry.

The SeaMark consortium in general, and Ocean Rainforest in particular, is grateful for this opportunity to demonstrate how responsible business practices can have a regenerative impact on the ecosystem. We hope this can have some ripples, and that we see more interest from policymakers and concrete policy developments to enable a strong European seaweed market.

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