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North Sea Farmers

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 1 January, 2014
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Zuid-Holland
Other Label: 
ANBI
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
EABA
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Koen
van Swam
Cluster Manager
+31653526089
koen@northseafarmers.org
Male
Languages spoken: 
Dutch
English
French
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Agricultural Inputs and Services
Food Processing and Manufacturing
Technology fields: 
Aquaculture
S3 EU priority areas: 
Aquaculture
Biodiversity
Emerging industries: 
Blue Growth Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
offshore
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
95
Number of SME members: 
50
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
20
Number of larger company members: 
10
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
15
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
20
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Things started 7 years ago with cultivating the first kilogram of seaweed from the North Sea by three idealists with hard hats. Not with the idea to become commercial farmers. But to unblock the discussion whether it was or wasn’t possible to cultivate seaweed offshore. And it was! Since then our actions, collaborations and ambitions have outgrown our kitchen scale. In 2023, we aim to cultivate 1,000 tons of seaweed on the North Sea by connecting over 100 idealistic, but very realistic North Sea Farmers.

From 2030 onwards, our efforts will lead to 400 km2 of seaweed farms in between offshore wind parks. With the cultivated seaweed, instead of causing carbon emissions, we can reduce up to 1,6 million tons of carbon dioxide. That is massive! And we are saving fresh water while we are at it. On top of that, we are a driving force to improve marine biodiversity and realize a circular economy. All this makes this industry part of our planets future and provides thousands of jobs, at sea and on land.

So why we do it is pretty obvious: we believe in the healing power of seaweed. In its potential impact on nature, on humans, on economy. With it, we want to make this world a better, healthier place to live. A world in which biodiversity thrives, carbon emissions are reduced and our ecological balance is recovered.

How we do it? Together. Because it is so much more fun to pioneer with kindred spirits. And because we believe in the miraculous combination of very different people that transcend sectors and expertise, land and sea. North Sea Farmers take on many shapes, sizes and cultures: we work with governmental institutions, wind park operators, educational institutions, retailers, seaweed farms, fishermen, engineers, marine biologists and many more. This makes us a pretty inclusive bunch; not only towards nature (go biodiversity!), but also towards humans (go solidarity!). Why should we even differentiate the two? Everything is connected anyway.

So how about it? Are you committed to realize a positive climate impact with seaweed? Do you want to stay on top of regional and international developments, while being connected to the EU and UN? Then join our movement, become a North Sea Farmer and be part of the solution! 

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Periodic Information dissemination
Support of knowledge transfer
Support of technology transfer
Other
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
China
Saudi Arabia
United States
Viet Nam
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Belgium
France
Netherlands
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
EABA (inside Europe)
Support Programmes