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    Date submitted
  • 29-Jul-2018

Sea Culture


Sea Culture addresses the urgent need to shift towards multi-trophic aquaculture (which is like aquaponics, but for marine and freshwater environments), as well as restore temperate marine ecosystems (in addition to coral reefs in tropical waters). Sea Culture modular reef structures utilize materials and chemical engineering technology, as well as recycling waste materials, to provide tailored, controlled environments to establish cocktails of species that are habitat-specific.

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Who is your customer?

Coastal home owners Regional councils Government - bioremediation and habitat restoration Seasteads - homes and businesses Large scale marine farmers Small scale marine farmers

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

Temperate marine and estuarine habitat loss, e.g. in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand Different environments have different species requirements Trying to grow organisms causes settlement and fouling of unwanted organisms. Establishing monocultures / single crops is high risk environmentally and socioeconomically.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Grow and build your own sea garden that comes pre-packed with your chosen crops on different types of shores, in warm or colder waters. Sea Culture reduces failure risk by first establishing the seed populations of suitable species, prior to launching in situ. It can be designed, scaled up, or down to suit variable requirements of environment and customers, within environmental and ecological reason.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Beginning with robust, simple proof of concept experiments in marine laboratory and aquaculture hatchery facilities with species and materials selected from extensive research on current literature and projects across the world, and applying principles from other disciplines. Collaborations and skill sharing. Share knowledge with communities and schools. Our advantages: Access to world class NZ experts on NZ temperate reef and estuarine ecology. Access to different ideal environments for testing as well as lab facilities. Access to potential partners and collaborators with suitable reef materials Founder background in brain and spinal cord injury, primary cell coculture + field and lab experience in multitrophic aquaculture. This means experience in growing more than one type of cell (different types of brain an immune cells) / species (seeweed, snails, and shellfish) together at the same time.