Seaweed Series

Hosted by North Island College, the Seaweed Series highlights innovative work in the industry to inspire Canadian growers and processors to pursue new avenues in the ever-growing kelp world.

Project Summary

From January through to May 2023, CARTI invited special guests from across the seaweed industry to talk about their work. The series consists of 15 to 30 minute talks from two speakers, followed by 15 minutes of questions and discussions on their work. Previous seminars are available below and the series is planned to be continued in Fall 2023.

Upcoming Seminars

The series is planned to continue in Spring 2024. Connect with to be updated via email about the next seminar.


2024 Seminars

Seaweed Series 2–1 Seaweed, the star of SeaFlora Skincare

Originally recorded on Jan. 18, 2024, CARTI researcher Logan Zeinert is joined by Chantelle Line and Adam Butcher of SeaFlora Skincare, an award-winning organic seaweed skincare company. The talk will focus on the use of seaweed in skincare products.

Seaweed Series 2–2 Q&A with the Province of BC about kelp aquaculture and harvest

Originally recorded on Feb. 16, 2024, CARTI researcher Logan Zeinert is joined by Kylee Pawluk and Jessica Outhwaite from the British Columbia provincial government for a Q&A about kelp aquaculture and harvest.

Seaweed Series 2–3 The Pivot from Human Food to Food Security

Originally recorded on March 14, 2024, CARTI researcher Logan Zeinert is joined by Michael Williamson, founding partner and CEO of Cascadia Seaweed, for The Pivot from Human Food to Food Security – Seaweed-derived biostimulants and agrifeeds to address climate change and food security.


2023 Seminars

Seaweed Series 1-1 Kelp Seminar

Logan is joined by Tom Campbell (West Coast Kelp) and Melissa Good (Alaska Sea Grant). Tom presents on Green Gravel, a novel kelp restoration method, outlining the goals and achievements West Coast Kelp has to date. Melissa presents on aquatic farming in Alaska and shows some site assessment tools for determining and permitting a site. Originally recorded on January 17, 2023.

Seaweed Series 1-2 Seaweed as Salmon Food

Logan is joined by Dr. Jorunn Skjermo, a senior scientist at SINTEF in Trondheim, Norway. Dr. Skjermo's research work is focused on using seaweed and brush worms as a feed source for protein-rich salmon food, which could offer the opportunity to use new, sustainable feed ingredients that can replace or supplement proteins such as imported soy. Originally recorded February 14, 2023.

Seaweed Series 1-3 Blue Carbon for Kelp Restoration & Aquaculture

Logan is joined by Dr. Karen Filbee-Dexter, Research Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Dr. Filbee-Dexter’s expertise centers on climate-driven changes to kelp forests, and more recently has focused on how blue carbon is stored in coastal ecosystems. Originally recorded on March 14, 2023.

Seaweed Series 1-4 Selective Kelp Breeding & the SugarKelpBase

Logan is joined by David Waring, data curator for The Triticeae Toolbox and SugarKelpBase at Cornell University, and Scott Lindell, Research Specialist from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Originally recorded on April 12, 2023.

Seaweed Series 1-5 Kelp Rescue Initiative

Originally recorded on May 12, 2023, CARTI researcher Logan Zeinert is joined by Laura Dykman, Postdoctorate Fellow from the Kelp Research Initiative and the University of Victoria, whose work focuses on restoring investigating methods to restore kelp forests impacted by climate change.

Seminar Coordinator

Logan Zeinert
Logan Zeinert, Seminar Coordinator
Logan hails from New Zealand but completed his master’s degree at Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador. Logan has extensive marine surveying and aquaculture research experience and is an accomplished diver. Logan’s work on kelp has involved permitting sites, determining yields and biomass, planning hatcheries, and processing harvested kelp.