Antigua and Barbuda ships samples of the Invasive Sargassum Seaweed to Finland


The Antigua and Barbuda Department of Analytical Services shipped 202lbs of the invasive sargassum seaweed to Finland.


On the receiving end will be Origin by Ocean a Finnish company being incubated within the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Global Innovation Centre (GIC) in Sweden.

Today’s shipment is the first phase of a project being developed by Origin by Ocean to design a new biorefinery process (Nauvu®) for the extraction of biomolecules for use in food, cosmetics, and domestic detergent, all from marine biomass.

Sea weed shipment

This first shipment of seaweed will be used by the company to do initial reference trials of the Nauvu® process against the benchmark feedstock of Bladderwrack seaweed.


The collaboration between Origin by Ocean and the Department of Analytical Services is made possible because of the synergies currently being established between the UNOPS GICs across Antigua, Sweden and Japan.

In Antigua, the GIC is a collaboration between UNOPS and the Antigua and Barbuda Science Innovation Park (ABSIP).

A second, larger batch of sargassum is expected to be shipped in the coming weeks and will be used for the initial process trials with sargassum seaweed.

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  1. This is HUGE news and could be a possible game changer, both economically and in terms of environmental impact. Finding ways to put sargassum to good use is welcome news. An industry can be created that can be both environmentally friendly and generate revenues for people. Let’s keep our eyes on this.

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