Wageningen Marine Research is looking for students that will inventory the presence of seaweeds in the western Wadden Sea and explore the opportunities for harvest and applications, such as for feed and soil improver.
Seaweeds have come to the as protein replacer for meat and possibilities for offshore culturing. Also “wild” seaweeds are being used as a food source and for a range of other applications. Some sea weeds, especially sea lettuce, is present in high densities in the western Wadden Sea. It sometimes even causes problems when fishing nets become clogged up with it. Recently, the collection of sea weeds washed ashore has been licensed, but fisheries for seaweeds is not allowed so far.
Wageningen Marine Research aims to map the presence of common species at locations in the western Wadden Sea, and to assess the quality and application opportunities of this seaweed. In this research we collaborate with several other research organizations and also companies are involved as potential users.
We are looking for students that will join shrimp fishing vessels to check catches and perform interviews to get insight into the distribution of seaweeds, what species they concern, how much biomass is present, where it is present (as affected by wind and currents) and what the quality and application possibilities are. The actual work includes joining (daytime) cruises, identification, and analyses of seaweeds. Also other or additional subjects can be considered.
It is possible to help out at other Wageningen Marine Research activities in the field, may these present themselves during an internship.
The research will take place during the summer period of 2018. . We request that students stay a minimum of 4 months.