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Objective 1

Analyse value chains to identify constraints and knowledge gaps for seaweed production in Indonesia (estimated 20% of time and budget allocation):

  • 1.1. Analyse the value chains for established red seaweeds Kappaphycus/Eucheuma, produced for carrageenan, and Gracilaria, produced for agar.
  • 1.2. Identify value chains for emerging species, including the green seaweed Caulerpa, produced for food, and the red seaweed Halymenia, produced for food and nutraceutical applications.
  • 1.3. Analyse the socio-economic benefits for women from community-scale processing of established seaweed species.

Objective 2

Improve the quality of seaweeds produced at the farm level (estimated 40% of time and budget allocation):

  • 2.1. Develop technical capacity for seaweed production and quality assessment at the Centre for Seaweed Culture Research and Development (LPPBRL) in Gorontalo province.
  • 2.2. Identify existing and emerging Indonesian species of seaweed using molecular barcoding techniques.
  • 2.3. Improve the quality of Kappaphycus/Eucheuma produced at the farm level to enhance gel yields
  • 2.4. Increase the production and quality of Gracilaria farmed in coastal areas and ponds in South Sulawesi province.
  • 2.5. Increase the production and quality of Caulerpa species farmed in ponds in South Sulawesi province.

Objective 3

Create innovative products from seaweeds and their processed waste streams (estimated 40% of time and budget allocation):

  • 3.1. Identify new product opportunities for seaweeds that can be developed domestically.
  • 3.2. Develop new processing techniques for seaweeds by expanding the existing product R&D programs of the Research & Development Centre for Marine & Fisheries Product Processing & Biotechnology (P3DPSB)
  • 3.3. Identify innovative methods to manage processing waste streams from seaweeds. (NP)
  • 3.4. Develop new preservation techniques to extend the shelf life of the edible seaweed Caulerpa.
  • 3.5. Evaluate food and health applications for red seaweeds.
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