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 General information. 

The National University of Ireland hosts a popular site, starting with the topic "What is seaweed?":  http://www.seaweed.ie  


For an introduction to Australasian seaweeds, Keith Davey’s "Life on Australian Seashores" can be found at: http://www.mesa.edu.au/friends/seashores/algae.html  


The Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University provides pictures of Californian seaweeds and a useful glossary of seaweed terminology at:  http://www.mbari.org/%7Econn/botany/ Marine Botany


Commercial information:  

SuriaLink lists the annual seaweed production of 46 countries, accessed by country or by species, along with links to companies trading in seaweed products, at: http://www.surialink.com/GIS/countries/xas.asp


Scientific information: 

The Irish Higher Education Authority funds an extensive international seaweed database, accessed by common name, species or genus, at: http://www.algaebase.org  


A New Zealand seaweed database is hosted by the University of Otago at: http://www.botany.otago.ac.nz/marine/nzweed.html  


SeaCare was formed in 1998 to benefit the marine environment in Tasmania.  Results from their studies of  Macrocystis pyrifera and Undaria pinnatifida can be viewed at: http://www.seacare.org.au   


A review article “Marine source nutriceuticals: new wave of health from the sea” can be viewed at:  http://www.4source.com/technical/nutraceuticals_world.shtml and a review article “Brown marine algae: a survey of therapeutic potentials” can be viewed at: http://www.publishedresearch.com/GFS/Brown_Marine_Algae_1.htm



NIWA's National Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity includes a macroalgae research team which carries out research on macroalgae in New Zealand, using morphological, life history and molecular data to investigate systematics, distributions and relationships of New Zealand taxa.  This research has relevant to algal culturing and aquaculture, sustainable harvesting, coastal resource management and restoration.

Knowledge about our native biodiversity also assists us to recognise foreign species when they are introduced to New Zealand.

Our research has resulted in name new species, and developing an understanding of the place of New Zealand taxa in the world.  We present our research at conferences, and through scientific and popular articles and workshops.

Wendy Nelson, Tracy Farr, Kate Neill - NIWA

Judy Broom, Darren Hart - Otago University, Biochemistry Department

Jenn Dalen - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa




Seaweed Industry of Philippines


harvesting, farming – childrens site


National University of Ireland, Galway


international seaweed association