Benefits of

Accelerate progress ~ government liaison

Provide a united voice for legislative change to enable industry growth. This will help inform government decision-making, policy change and funding priorities

Help set and clearly communicate industry priorities and aspirations in areas like research, target species, biosecurity, legislative change, workforce

Biosecurity readiness and response knowledge

Growing, Harvesting, Processing Seaweed

Collaboration for knowledge sharing. For example farming methods,processing methods, market knowledge, research, and innovation by species
Future career development – job board, training opportunities
Supporting environmentally sustainable industry development

Marketing & Sales

Market access knowledge
Link to growers and other marketers
Networking for potential joint ventures and collaborations
Link to research and researchers


Link into industry and seaweed research projects
Inform and influence the direction of future research


Support for funding for research proposals that align with industry priorities and aspirations

Why join us?

There are a number of specific benefits you will receive by joining ANZSA, some of which are listed below.

You will also be supporting the development of a new, sustainable, high value and nature positive seaweed industry in Aotearoa New Zealand that supports regional and coastal communities.

Who membership is for?

Our association seeks to attract members from the entire value chain of the fledgling seaweed industry in Aotearoa New Zealand. Suggested membership groups are listed but not limited to the groups below:

  • Existing Aquaculture Industry – Marine farm consent holders, Iwi aquaculture organisations, private and listed companies
  • Wild seaweed harvesters
  • Seaweed processors and marketers
  • Research providers
  • Government Agencies (MPI, NZTE, MFE, DOC, etc.)
  • Students
  • NGOs
  • Others (e.g. Philanthropists, individuals)

Annual Membership Fees

As a new organisation, our focus is on attracting a wide and diverse membership base across all stakeholder groups.  We’ve introduced a new membership level to encourage students interested in seaweed to sign up and contribute to our growing industry.

All fees exclude GST.

FeeMembership typeNumber of votes


Nomination required


Affiliated Student

Students affiliated with an education provider that is a “Large Organisation” member 



Students not affiliated to a member organisation 


Individual/ Small organisation

Organisation with up to 5 employees


Large organisation

Organisation with 6+ employees


*when you complete your membership renewal/sign up, you will be asked to nominate who your proxy is for voting at the AGM.

Our members

This new Association is formed thanks to the commitment of the following Corporate and individual members, as well as the generous donations made by our founding sponsors.

  • Te Whanau-a-Apanui
  • Open Ocean
  • Waikato University
  • AgriSea NZ Seaweed Ltd
  • Ocean Organics Ltd
  • Andrew Elliot, Research & Business Development Manager, AuOra
  • Blair Wolfgram
  • Clare Bradley AgriSea, Ocean Organics
  • Dr Dave Taylor
  • Dr Haydn Read
  • Gary Rountree, Maclab
  • Graham Harris
  • Hayley Fraser-Mackenzie, Pacific Harvest
  • Dr Sunny Sanderson, Kelp Blue

With thanks to our founding sponsors

Thanks to the generosity of these founding sponsors who provided seed funding to launch our new organisation.