Growing and harvesting algae sustainably is key in Origin by Ocean’s biomass production
ORIGIN BY OCEAN’S COMMITMENT
Origin by Ocean harvests and processes sea- and ocean-grown biomass such as blue-green algae, bladderwrack and kelp. From this biomass, the company produces natural and biologically sustainable ingredients for industrial use.
Commitment made in 2020
2020 – 2022
In water, blue-green algae are toxic to humans and destroy the habitat of many animal and plant species. However, blue-green algae and bladderwrack contain ingredients that the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries can use as raw materials, such as thickeners. Origin by Ocean’s vision is to create a sustainable business ecosystem in the Baltic Sea. By doing so, they create a new economic model that fights the eutrophication of the Baltic Sea in a commercially viable manner.
The commitment is focusing on macro algae marine cultivation and harvesting of blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria). Algae cultivation and collection can remove extra nutrients from the Baltic Sea. In addition, as a key specie, the cultivation of bladderwrack can potentially increase biodiversity in marine areas that are in poor condition.
Origin by Ocean is always committed to considering the environmental needs of the Baltic Sea (e.g., in terms of marine biodiversity) in its business. Origin by Ocean is committed to planning bladderwrack cultivation practices so that they benefit the Baltic Sea and its biodiversity. The cultivation practices are planned in cooperation with researchers and in dialogue with the Living Baltic Sea project in BSAG.
Year 2020, Origin by Ocean will start the trial cultivation actions for bladderwrack farming and the harvesting of blue-green algae
Year 2021, Origin by Ocean will continue the trial cultivation actions for bladderwrack farming and the harvesting of blue-green algae.
Year 2022, Origin by Ocean will start the pilot phase of cultivation actions for bladderwrack farming and the harvesting of blue-green algae.
Harvesting seaweed from the sea for raw material is a growing business worldwide. However, if the algae are a key species and form habitats for other species, harvesting them can have negative consequences for marine biodiversity. Origin by Ocean has considered this problem in a commendable way by growing their own bladderwrack.Anna Klemelä, Project Manager, Marine Biodiversity