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Cleaning rivers - 6 April 2022

Cleaning rivers – 6th April 2022

IN NEW ZEALAND, A NEW PROJECT SEEKS TO RESTORE WATERWAYS BY USING SEA LETTUCE TO SOAK UP NUTRIENTS THAT FRESHWATER PLANTS ARE CURRENTLY UNABLE TO ABSORB. THE TEAM OF RESEARCHERS BEHIND THE LAND-BASED TRIAL HAS HIGH HOPES FOR THE FUTURE.

Shifting mindsets with the power of local knowledge - 4 April 2022

The power of local knowledge to shift mindsets around the world – 4th April 2022

It started as a dream, but this award winning Paeroa based family business is creating global impact.  Their tech is unique and uses brown kelp native to New Zealand.

“As a Māori-owned, intergenerational business, we have a different lens on the business than a large corporate might have. That influences our long-term vision. Māori values like kaitiakitanga, manaakitanga and whanaungatanga are part of our DNA,” says AgriSea’s Clare Bradley.

“Our values are not a PR exercise for us, they’re part of who we are. We feel it is our responsibility to look after our natural resources for future generations,” she says.

Seaweed could hold key to cleaning up waterways - 14 March 2022

Seaweed could hold key to cleaning up waterways – March 2022

A nationwide first land-based seaweed trial aiming to clean up our waterways is about to get growing beside the Firth of Thames in the Hauraki Gulf.

Paeroa seaweed innovation company AgriSea is working with University of Waikato on a two-year sea lettuce (Ulva) growing trial at Kopu marine precinct in the Coromandel.

Backed by the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund, seaweed will grow for 12 months in three tanks drawing water from the Waihou Estuary, with data collation and analysis the final year.

The seaweed can be turned into high-value products while the process of growing it has a multitude of benefits.

AgriSea Managing Director Tane Bradley says seaweed doesn’t have root systems and so grows by pulling nutrients from the water around it.

“In this case, as Ulva grows it pulls Nitrogen from the water and incorporates it into its tissue.”

Known as ‘bioremediation’, the project will use of seaweed in an attempt to clean excess nutrients from the Waihou Estuary.

“The seaweed in tanks will act as a sponge and filter feed on excess minerals like Nitrogen, Phosphorous and other heavy metals – in short cleaning up the water, which is then returned to the sea, filtered and clean.”

The two-year project is a collective effort, with University of Waikato Environmental research fellow Marie Magnusson leading the research team.

The locally present species of Ulva will be cultivated at the University of Waikato’s aquaculture facility where researchers will use DNA barcoding to confirm its genetic identity.

The bulk of the investment of $697,000 is from the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund, with $108,000 from AgriSea and $150,000 from the Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust (AGMARDT). Thames-Coromandel District Council is gifting the land lease for the project, with support from Ngati Maru and Ngati Hako.  Hauraki District Council, Waikato regional council and Te Waka are also supporting this project.

“Local Iwi are heavily invested in the health and wellbeing of our waterways and if this pilot proves successful, will look to upscale the on-land bioremedial systems in the Hauraki area,” Bradley

AgriSea is partnered with Farm Source already helping farmers improve soil and water quality using AgriSea’s seaweed bio stimulants as an alternative to chemical fertilisers.

Bio stimulants made from seaweed are high-value macro-algal products used on dairy, sheep and beef farms as well as in the apiculture, horticulture and viticulture industries.

“Currently the loss of nutrients not absorbed by plants enters the soil and drains into groundwater that leads straight to our waterways. This promotes algal blooms which reduces oxygen levels, which then threatens animals such as tuna (eels), kākahi (freshwater mussels), kōura (freshwater crayfish), and īnanga (whitebait),” Damien O’Connor said.

“The aim is to clean up and revitalise our waterways with New Zealand seaweed as they key, and to create jobs in the science sector and build on the work by farmers who are already working to improve their farming systems to reduce environmental pressure.

The production of seaweed on land is new for New Zealand.

It is estimated that up to 50 tonnes of dry Ulva per hectare could be produced from a scaled-up facility, providing the biomass for added value products.

“There’s a growing desire from science institutes with assistance from Government funding agencies to explore innovative projects such as this, not only for their environmental benefits but as potential commercial harvest of seaweed for food, bio stimulants and high value bio actives.”

Bradley says the Ulva species has about 20 per cent protein which is one of the higher percentages for seaweed.

Damien O’Connor said the aims of this proof-of-concept research support many of the goals set out in Fit for a Better World, the Government’s 10-year food and fibre sector roadmap aimed at lifting productivity, sustainability and creating jobs to drive New Zealand’s economic recovery from COVID-19.

“This project supports sustainability, which is also in line with the Government’s Aquaculture Strategy. Seaweeds are being increasingly recognised for their potential.

“If successful, this will be an environmentally-friendly way to improve water quality, create jobs in the science sector, revitalise our waterways and improve our on-land farming systems,” Damien O’Connor said.

“AgriSea estimates the potential value as up to $219,000 per hectare of production per annum,” says Bradley “This is based on nitrogen credits coming into effect in New Zealand and the value of Ulva based products which are on AgriSea’s Innovation pipeline.

While New Zealand doesn’t have a nitrogen trading scheme yet, if one was introduced the biomass produced in one year from one hectare of ponds would be worth NZ$82,000 in nitrogen credits, based on international values for nitrogen trading.

Minister of Agriculture - 10 March 2022

Minister of Agriculture: Land-based seaweed trial a nationwide first – March 2022

A land-based seaweed trial aiming to help restore our waterways is about to kick-off with Government investment beside the Firth of Thames wetland, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said.

Paeroa seaweed innovation company AgriSea is working with the University of Waikato on a sea lettuce growing trial at Kopu marine precinct in the Coromandel. The seaweed will be used to soak up the nutrients that freshwater plants are currently unable to absorb.

The Government is investing more than $697,000 in the project through the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund (SFF Futures).

Damien O’Connor said the trial is a nationwide first and seeks to address an important environmental issue.

“Currently the loss of nutrients not absorbed by plants enters the soil and drains into groundwater that leads straight to our waterways. This promotes algal blooms which reduces oxygen levels, which then threatens animals such as tuna (eels), kākahi (freshwater mussels), kōura (freshwater crayfish), and īnanga (whitebait),” Damien O’Connor said.

“This bioremediation project is using Kiwi ingenuity to see if the seaweed can act as a sponge, soaking up excess nitrogen, phosphorus and helping clean our waterways.”

Three ponds totalling 60 square metres will grow the locally present green seaweed species Ulva.

“The project will grow the algae for 12 months, which will provide data from real-world ambient conditions,” Damien O’Connor said.

“Ulva will be cultivated and scaled up at the University of Waikato’s aquaculture facility. Researchers will use DNA barcoding to confirm its genetic identity.

“Species selection will be based on growth performance for bioremediation in conditions mimicking the Waihou river estuarine water.”

The two-year project is a collective effort, with University of Waikato environmental research fellow Marie Magnusson leading the research team. Iwi Ngāti Maru and Ngāti Hako are also providing support.

In addition to the SFF Futures funding, AgriSea is contributing $108,000 and the Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust (AGMARDT) is investing $150,000. Thames-Coromandel District Council is gifting the land lease for the project term worth $40,000, with support from Ngāti Maru and Ngāti Hako. Hauraki District Council and Te Waka are also assisting with the consent process.

Damien O’Connor said the aims of this proof-of-concept research support many of the goals set out in Fit for a Better World, the Government’s 10-year food and fibre sector roadmap aimed at lifting productivity, sustainability and creating jobs to drive New Zealand’s economic recovery from COVID-19.

“This project supports sustainability, which is also in line with the Government’s Aquaculture Strategy. Seaweeds are being increasingly recognised for their potential.

“If successful, this will be an environmentally-friendly way to improve water quality, create jobs in the science sector, revitalise our waterways and improve our on-land farming systems,” Damien O’Connor said.

Dairy Cow Diet Tweak with Fermented Seaweed Extract Shows Promise - November 2021

Dairy Cow Diet Tweak with Fermented Seaweed Extract Shows Promise – November 2021

As the world demands higher animal and environmental outcomes, dairy researchers are continually looking for ways to improve cow health while lessening ecological impacts.

Seaweed Supercharge 2021- 2022

Seaweed Supercharge 2021- 2022

In three tanks of seawater near the Firth of Thames at the gateway to the Coromandel Peninsula, grows what could be the future of New Zealand’s aquaculture industry. Seaweed. Once considered the domain of alternative lifestylers who use it for fertilising their gardens, is having its moment, and New Zealand and the Coromandel is poised to become a world leader in its production. Tane Bradley from pioneering Paeroabased seaweed company AgriSea is positively fizzing about the development. It was 25-years-ago his mother Jill sold up the family home and moved to the Hauraki Plains with the dream of creating a sustainable business out of a product growing in abundance off our shores.

AGRITECH INNOVATORS ON THE UP: Issue 2- October 2021

AGRITECH INNOVATORS ON THE UP Issue 2- October 2021 

“We see ourselves as a family doing good things and we want to partner with others who are doing the same.” Globally, interest in seaweed’s potential to replace less sustainable raw materials across almost every aspect of industrial production has risen.

Soft plastic recycling returns to Paeroa - 28th October 2021

Soft plastic recycling returns to Paeroa – 28th October 2021

Paeroa residents will be able to recycle their soft plastics at their local Countdown.

The Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme is partnering with Paeroa based business Agrisea which supplies products made organically from sustainably sourced New Zealand seaweed to the dairy, horticulture, apiculture and viticulture industries.

Enrich: Lessons learnt from going organic - October 2021

Enrich: Lessons learnt from going organic October 2021

A researcher and reader, Rob initially had to follow his gut instinct when taking his herd into regenerative organic farming with encouragement from his wife, brothers and father, and the help of products including cider vinegar, vermicast, homeopathy, and – still relied upon to this day – seaweed.

AgriSea’s biostimulant range is what Rob now uses to meet his on-farm requirements. Rob wanted a local organic product, and AgriSea’s products from sustainably harvested beach cast of a native New Zealand species, Ecklonia radiata, deliver that.

Goldpine: Sustainability and Ongoing Research - September 2021

Goldpine: Sustainability and Ongoing Research- A lived experience September 2021

Just a hop, skip and a jump away from the giant L&P bottle in Paeroa, you will find AgriSea who is an industry leader in sustainable solutions, specialising in seaweed products. We met with Managing Director Tane Bradley and his wife Clare Bradley who is the general manager for science, research and development. Their company location was once a meat works but has been converted into a place of research, productivity and community involvement.

Finalists for Kudos Science Excellence Awards announced -7th September 2021

Finalists for Kudos Science Excellence Awards announced – 7th September 2020

“From producing nanocellulose products from seaweed as a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based plastics, to improving the productivity and health of cattle through exploring key genetic variants in the bovine genome, these finalists are combining cutting-edge science with innovative thinking to tackle real world issues.”

Hill Laboratories Primary Industries Award

  • Agresearch Life Cycle Assessment Team
  • Prof Mathew Littlejohn
  • Scion/Agrisea Nanocellulose from Seaweed Team
Seaweed research produces results- 14th December 2020

Seaweed Research produces results 14th December 2020

Research on seaweed species found in abundance around New Zealand has led to the development and licencing of a promising new product. The three-year research programme led by Scion set out to test the properties of different seaweeds, including Undaria pinnatifida and the commercially harvested, native species Ecklonia radiata. Two years into the project, researchers have already commercially licenced their first product – a nanocellulose hydrogel – to project partner AgriSea, a leader in the New Zealand Seaweed industry.

Scientists seek a more scrumptious seaweed- 22nd October 2020

Scientists seek a more scrumptious seaweed 22nd October 2020

The Government is putting more than $3million into research trying to learn the health benefits of an exotic seaweed species. AgriSea general manager Tane Bradley said his organisation had been working on increasing the value of seaweed to New Zealand’s economy and was looking forward to being involved in the research.

Research Funded To Unlock Seaweed’s Potential As New `superfood’ - 21st October 2020

Research Funded To Unlock Seaweed’s Potential As New `superfood’ 21st October 2020

It is far from a staple on most Kiwi dinner tables, but AgResearch scientists are aiming to unlock the potential of seaweed as a go-to food with proven health benefits. And they have enlisted the services a of a world-class chef to help them do it. Project partner AgriSea NZ is a family-owned seaweed business making a range of products for farmers and growers, and general manager Tane Bradley says they are excited about taking part: “Recently AgriSea has focused on increasing the value of seaweed to New Zealand’s economy while recognising the huge role seaweeds play ecologically”.

 

 

Research funded to unlock seaweed’s potential as new `superfood’- 21st October 2020

Research funded to unlock seaweed’s potential as new `superfood’  21st October 2020

It is far from a staple on most Kiwi dinner tables, but AgResearch scientists are aiming to unlock the potential of seaweed as a go-to food with proven health benefits. And they have enlisted the services a of a world-class chef to help them do it.

Hauraki, Coromandel businesses celebrated at inaugural awards- 29th September 2020

 Hauraki, Coromandel businesses celebrated at inaugural awards 29th September 2020

The team from Paeroa-based business Agrisea had a successful night, taking out the supreme award as well as winning both the primary/rural and innovative business categories.

 

 

Moves for NZ's first seaweed farms begin in Hauraki Gulf- 23rd September 2020

Moves for NZ’s first seaweed farms begin in Hauraki Gulf 23rd September 2020

GreenWave NZ’s pilot stage will consist of farming native brown kelp (ecklonia) at two locations in the Hauraki Gulf.

 

 

Animal supplement wins coveted award" with Clare Bradley & Matt Beck- 26th August 2020

Animal supplement wins coveted award” with Clare Bradley & Matt Beck 26th August 2020

A prototype animal health supplement from Agrisea will provide farmers with another tool to potentially lower livestock emissions. Business Development Manager Clare Bradley and Lincoln University PHD Graduate Matt Beck will explain the science.

Fieldays Online: 2020 Innovation Awards winners announced- 24th July 2020

Fieldays Online: 2020 Innovation Awards winners announced- 24th July 2020

Forward-thinking Kiwis have been celebrated with the annual Fieldays Innovation Awards, with the winners announced today.

 

THRIVING THROUGH LOCKDOWN – TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE- 26 June 2020

THRIVING THROUGH LOCKDOWN – TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE- 26 June 2020

The world’s biggest marketer of kiwifruit – Zespri – is seeing it. So is AgriSea, New Zealand’s largest seaweed company: evidence of a major shift in what global consumers want, driven by Covid-19. Facing a worldwide health and economic crisis consumers are now putting renewed emphasis on their health. A major part of that is ensuring the food they eat is authentic, natural and is produced sustainably.

WOMEN IN AG: CLARE BRADLEY FROM AGRISEA- 3rd April 2020

WOMEN IN AG: CLARE BRADLEY FROM AGRISEA 3rd April 2020

AgriSea’s Clare Bradley is passionate about sustainability, working together as a community, and the importance of recognising the hard work women do in the rural sector. 

 

 

Agrisea is Developing Ocean Farms to Grow Rice using Saltwater- 3rd January 2020

Agrisea is Developing Ocean Farms to Grow Rice using Saltwater- 3rd January 2020

So why not grow crops using all of that available saltwater? The short answer is salinity — most of our favorite crops can’t grow in such salty environments. But new startup Agrisea is working to change that. The company creates a floating farm ecosystem that grows crops on saltwater, using only . . . saltwater. No soil, no fertilizers, and no fresh water required. The company is currently participating in life science accelerator IndieBio which includes $250,000 in seed funding

AgriSea boss takes women’s award- 3 December 2019

AgriSea boss takes women’s award- 3 December 2019

AgriSea boss takes women’s award. Rural Women NZ supreme business award winner AgriSea development manager Clare Bradley brews up another batch of seaweed. Seaweed products pioneer AgriSea is the 2019 supreme winner of the NZI Rural Women New Zealand Business Awards.

 

Seaweed pioneer working with innovative farmers- 11 December 2019

Seaweed pioneer working with innovative farmers- 11 December 2019

AgriSea NZ feels lucky to be able to work with the country’s most innovative farmers, says Clare Bradley, business and development manager.

AgriSea's Clare Bradley named Supreme Winner of rural women awards- 28th November 2019

AgriSea’s Clare Bradley named Supreme Winner of rural women awards- 28th November 2019

Clare Bradley from pioneering seaweed company AgriSea has been named the supreme winner at the NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards.

AgriSea wins top business award- 28th November 2019

AgriSea wins top business award- 28th November 2019

Seaweed products pioneer AgriSea New Zealand is this year’s Supreme Winner at the NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards.

Seaweed products pioneer named supreme winner in rural women business awards- 25th November 2019

Seaweed products pioneer named supreme winner in rural women business awards- 25th November 2019

A company that has pioneered the use of seaweed products has won the supreme award in this year’s NZI Rural Women NZ Business Awards.

Paeroa woman recognised in rural awards for work with ocean 'rainforest' - 17th October 2019

Paeroa woman recognised in rural awards for work with ocean ‘rainforest’ – 17th October 2019

AgriSea’s business development manager Clare Bradley won the Love of the Land category at the Rural Women NZ Business Awards.

Ocean Harvest- 9th August 2019

A Family company from Paeroa is out to prove that seaweed could help Kiwi farmers boost production and cut pollution.

AgriSea growing on a diet of seaweed and science- 9th August 2019

AgriSea growing on a diet of seaweed and science- 9th August 2019

Seaweed company AgriSea New Zealand knows a lot about adversity, so perhaps it was par for the course that dairy prices plunged just as the business reins were handed to the founders’ kids.

AgriSea - a blue economy success story- May 2019

AgriSea – a blue economy success story- May 2019

AgriSea is an example of an innovative enterprise that is creating economic value from sustainable marine activities, based on healthy marine ecosystems.

Saving honey bees - there's an app for that- 13th June 2019

Saving honey bees – there’s an app for that- 13th June 2019

Paeroa College students Hamish Buchanan and Ariihia Morehu present the bee app project at the Techweek’18 Waikato Internet of Things tour, held at Agrisea in Paeroa recently.

AgriSea NZ Ltd- 23rd May 2018

AgriSea NZ Ltd- 23rd May 2018

AgriSea NZ Ltd is the leading biological input company in NZ.  It is a Paeroa based, multi-award winning, family business.  Tane Bradley is CEO and along with his wife, Clare, are the second generation to run this company that was founded almost 25 years ago, under the name Ocean Organics.  Tane says, “One of the big challenges facing whānau companies is succession.  Clare and I are excited and honoured to be the next generation to commit to the kaupapa of AgriSea and Ocean Organics.”

 

Exploring the potential of seaweed- 2018

Exploring the potential of seaweed- 2018

AgriSea NZ Seaweed supplies to the horticulture, agriculture, apiculture, viticulture and dairy sectors both domestically and to a growing export market.

 

Seaweed nutrients boosting bee health- 14th August 2017

Seaweed nutrients boosting bee health- 14th August 2017

Using a seaweed-based product to boost bee health might seem a little unusual, but research is showing it works.

AgriSea gets grant to study bees’ nutritional needs - May 2017

AgriSea gets grant to study bees’ nutritional needs – May 2017

Announces the receipt of a Callaghan Innovation grant to the firm to undertake research into the nutritional needs of honey bees and the bioactive products manufactured by the firm. Cites remarks from general manager Tane Bradley and business growth advisor Peter Davey about the importance of the grant to the firm. Provides information about Callaghan Innovation project grants, and quotes spokesman Phil Anderson

 

Paeroa business Agrisea receives $74,000 grant to study bees- 10 April 2017

Paeroa Business Agrisea receives $74,000 grant to study bees- 10th April 2017

The Callaghan Innovation grant will go towards research and development of AgriSea’s bioactive products and the nutritional needs of honey bees. AgriSea general manager Tane Bradley said the grant would continue to grow their research and development capabilities. “To date there is limited scientific data around the nutritional needs of the honey bee so this is really important,” he said.

Agrisea- August 2016

AgriSea- August 2016

AgriSea NZ Ltd is a multi award winning family owned and operated, sustainable NZ company, brewing nutrient applications from NZ seaweed, for soil plant and animal heath. AgriSea is committed to the NZ farming community and healthy functioning soil. They have recently embarked on a 3 year research programme to track the transition of high input chemical farms to biological farming methods, the end results of which are intended to produce safe pathways for farmers to transition and further proof of the efficacy of their products.

AgriSea Wall of Wine - 19th Sept 2014

AgriSea Wall of Wine (Podcast) – 19th Sept 2014

If you fancy a superb bottle of wine that has been signed by a celebrity, complete with a framed photo of the celebrity holding the bottle, you should click play and listen to AgriSea Marketing Manager Tane Bradley talking to Brian Gentil about the auction he has organised.

 

AgriSea eyes 'the mainstream- 31st August 2013

AgriSea eyes ‘the mainstream- 31st August 2013 – 31st August 2013

It’d be a brave soul who argued with AgriSea director and co-founder Jill Bradley when she declares her Waikato seaweed products company intends to be “mainstream” by 2015.

Seaweed brewers: Meet the Paeroa family stirring up macro-algae at seaweed company AgriSea- 2011

Seaweed brewers: Meet the Paeroa family stirring up macro-algae at seaweed company AgriSea – 2011

Seaweed is the star ingredient in natural fertilizers and tonics for land and animal health. It also makes beautiful body-care products for organically minded people.

ANYONE USED AGRISEA FERTILISER?- Sept 2010

ANYONE USED AGRISEA FERTILISER?- Sept 2010

ANYONE USED AGRISEA FERTILISER? (Discussion Group)

AGRISEA SOIL CONDITIONER.....WHO HAS USED THIS PRODUCT- April 2009

AGRISEA SOIL CONDITIONER…..WHO HAS USED THIS PRODUCT –  April 2009

AGRISEA SOIL CONDITIONER…..WHO HAS USED THIS PRODUCT -(Discussion Group). 

 

AgriSea NZ

AgriSea NZ

AgriSea NZ manufactures liquid seaweed concentrates from native seaweed for agriculture and horticulture. It specialises in bioactive extractions that add high value nutrition for soil, plant, animal and human health.

AgriSea NZ (Part 2)

AgriSea NZ (Part 2)

AgriSea New Zealand is a family company that has been pioneering the seaweed industry for 25 years. It produces certified organic liquid seaweed concentrates and cosmetics (under the Ocean Organics brand), and seaweed ferments for the agriculture, horticulture, viticulture and apiculture markets. The seaweed is gathered sustainably from the shores of coastal communities after storms. 

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AgriSea NZ Seaweed Ltd- New Zealand Made

AgriSea Wesco Seed Mix

AgriSea Wesco Seed Mix 

AgriSea and Wesco Seeds have worked together to formulate a diverse pasture seed mix that achieves a holistic balanced approach to pasture renewal. We have created a diverse herbal mix of at least twelve different species and cultivars. This herbal ley will improve nutritional value and increase root mass by up to 60%. This will result in better persistence and improved resilience during adverse climate events which are not currently available with the traditional Rye and Clover mixes. To get the best results we recommend a biological farming approach with good pasture management.

AgriSea New Zealand

AgriSea New Zealand

AgriSea New Zealand specialises in the manufacture of macro-algae concentrates and bioactive extractions that are used as nutritional supplements for soil, plant, and animal health.

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