Global expert to talk on seaweed applications at International Seaweed Congress in Cebu

International Seaweed Congress in Cebu

Dr. Stefan Kraan, scientific director of the Canadian-registered company Ocean Harvest Technology (OHT) Ltd., is giving a talk on November 21 at the 2014 International Seaweed Congress (ISC) at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu.

Dr. Stefan Kraan co-founded OHT with its CEO Patrick Martin. OHT is a global company dedicated to the development of natural applications of algae (seaweed) for animal nutrition. OHT produces Oceanfeed, a seaweed-based functional feed ingredient for animal and aquaculture farming. Dr. Kraan’s talk will be on the morning of November 21, the last day of the congress. His presentation will elaborate on how seaweed can be converted into other forms like feed additive to replace the chemical ingredients of animal eats. These applications, in turn, give healthier food choices for consumers.

In 2005, Ocean Harvest Technology began in Galway, Ireland where its R & D facility is now located. OHT has since grown into a global company with strong presence in North America, Europe and Australia. OHT/Oceanfeed lists the biggest food companies in Europe and America as among its clients.

Dr. Kraan holds a PhD. On phylogenetics and aquaculture of edible seaweeds from the National University of Ireland. He is currently VP of the International Seaweed Association. Dr. Kraan continues to pursue research in the use of seaweeds in animal feed, aquaculture, biotechnology and biomedicine.

For more information about the International Seaweed Congress happening from November 19-21, 2014, contact the organizer, the Seaweed Industry Association of the Philippines (SIAP) secretariat Ms. Jona Chiu at phone: +63 (32) 253 7433, mobile: +63 (929) 876 2926 and e-mail: For more information about the congress, log on to

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