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One Indonesian industry has boomed during the pandemic: seaweed farming

By Alexandra Langford, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Australia-Indonesia Centre
Hasnawati Saleh, PhD, Research Coordinator, PAIR (Partnership for Australia-Indonesia Research) Program, Australia-Indonesia Centre
Scott Waldron, Senior Fellow in International Agricultural Development, The University of Queensland
Sulfahri, Department of Biology, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Hasanuddin University, Australia-Indonesia Centre
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When COVID-19 hit Indonesia, it devastated industries such as fisheries.

However, one sector has gone against the trend: seaweed farming.

Our research shows seaweed farming in Indonesia is booming during the pandemic.

There is a range of possible reasons for this change, including environmental conditions, farming practices and the impacts of COVID-19.

The resilience of seaweed…

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