Webinar Series

kelp along a boat in the water
Photo Credit: Tim Briggs NH Sea Grant

Hosts: Gabriela Bradt, New Hampshire Sea Grant (Lead), Barry Udelson, New York Sea Grant

The National Seaweed Hub Webinar Series was created in response to stakeholder requests interested in learning about various uses of seaweeds ranging from innovative applications to Indigenous cultivation practices. Through the webinar series, the National Seaweed Hub will bring new and different topics related to seaweed aquaculture that are pertinent to the industry and nurture new ideas and connections between stakeholders and the presenters. The series is formatted somewhat differently to encourage a more interactive experience between participants and presenters with a longer Q & A period. There will be four webinars scheduled in 2024, with two in the winter/spring seasons and two in the fall season to avoid conflicts with the kelp farming season.

January 24th, 2024Indigenous Seaweed Cultivation in Alaskan Waters– Keolani Booth (Speaker)

We were delighted to have Keolani Booth, a Tribal Councilman at the Metlakatla Indian Community (MIC) as well as an Alaskan Mariculture Liaison through the Alaska Mariculture Cluster, kick off our webinar series. Mr. Booth is a lifelong seaweed harvester and former commercial diver in Alaska and has advised Alaska Sea Grant and the Alaska Mariculture Alliance, and other groups about Native traditional perspectives and how they can be integrated into programs. He also serves as the member of the National Seaweed Hub’s Advisory Board.

Watch a recording of the webinar:


March 22nd, 2024 (4-5 PM EST)

Please join us for our second webinar in the National Seaweed Hub Webinar Series featuring Dr. Jinzeng Yang from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Yang will present on “Bioactive compounds from seaweeds for preventing metabolic diseases and their nutritional benefits”, followed by Q&A.

Please register here for the webinar. You will receive an email with a link to join the webinar after registration.

Dr. Jinzeng Yang, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Dr. Jinzeng Yang is a professor of animal molecular genetics and chairman of the Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu, Hawaii). He graduated from the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta) with a Ph.D. degree, and had postdoctoral training in the Laboratory of Animal Bioscience and Biotechnology of the USDA-ARS in Beltsville, Maryland. His laboratory at the University of Hawaii at Manoa has developed strong research experiences and technical expertise in muscle biology and transgenic animals through many years of bench and animal-based experiments, and established laboratory and animal facilities necessary for conducting biomedical and nutrition studies of locally produced specialty crops and fruits in animal models for human health and metabolic disease prevention.  More recently, Dr. Yang’s lab has been working on providing experimental evidence of bioactive compounds from Hawaii specialty crops, fruits, and seaweeds for preventing metabolic diseases in animal model, and their nutrition benefits to human health.

Additional Fall Webinar Dates and Speakers will be announced here.

For more information please contact Gabriela Bradt, NH Sea Grant or Barry Udelson, NY Sea Grant.