Special Issue "Challenges and Opportunities in Macroalgae Mariculture: An Emerging Sector of the Blue Bioeconomy"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Oceans and Coastal Zones".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 8 October 2022 | Viewed by 148

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Isabel Costa Azevedo
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Guest Editor
CIIMAR/CIMAR, Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, Novo Edifício do Terminal de Cruzeiros do Porto de Leixões, 4099-002 Matosinhos, Portugal
Interests: macroalgae; ecophysiology; marine ecology; cultivation; IMTA; stock assessment; sea forestation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Considering the current growing interest in macroalgae biomass application in different industrial sectors, from food and nutraceutics to cosmetics and biomaterials, there is a need to promote its production at a larger scale, namely in the open sea. Macroalgae mariculture is also seen as a way to improve carbon capture and storage as well as nutrient bioremediation, responding to the United Nations Sustainability Goals, and several initiatives are underway to support its development. Although a lot of work has been carried out to develop and test methods and physical structures for this purpose, there are still substantial challenges to turn macroalgae mariculture into an economically and environmentally sustainable activity. These challenges are related to biological issues (e.g., cultivar improvement, biofouling prevention) and technological advances (e.g., structure design and materials, logistics, sensors, and data acquisition). Therefore, we invite contributions from researchers in both academia and industry that address those challenges. The scope of this Special Issue includes but is not limited to:

  • Site selection and productivity modeling;
  • Strain improvement;
  • Disease and epiphyte prevention and control;
  • Offshore structure design and materials;
  • Biomass harvesting, transport, and processing;
  • Aquaculture 4.0 for macroalgae mariculture;
  • Environmental and economic sustainability;
  • Contribution toward carbon neutrality and the UNSDG.

Dr. Isabel Costa Azevedo
Guest Editor

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  • seaweed
  • aquaculture
  • strain improvement
  • cultivation technology
  • open sea
  • offshore
  • aquaculture 4.0
  • carbon storage

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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