Punta Cana, DR.- The Finnish algae refining company, Origin by Ocean began its operations in the country with its first export of sargassum from Punta Cana to its bioprocessing plant in Finland. Thus, converting it into raw material for the cosmetics and the food industry.
The company, in collaboration with strategic partners such asSOS Carbón, Grupo Punta Cana, and Nodo Logistics, seek an ecologically sustainable solution to the sargassum problem in the Dominican Republic.
The operations began in a first phase where 100 trucks full of sargassum will be sent to Finland, and then a second phase where a bioprocessing plant will be installed in the country.
Origin by Ocean seeks to stimulate entrepreneurship in the country, to support and work hand in hand with companies that are dedicated to the collection of sargassum and committed to the environment and the preservation of the oceans.
Marcos Díaz, representative of Origin by Oceans in the DR, highlighted that the company seeks to grow hand in hand with its strategic partners to solve the sargassum problem. ” We intend to create an economic dynamic and more job creation along the coasts of the Dominican Republic,” I have stressed.
Origin by Ocean algae scientist Laura Cappelatti explained that the purpose is to remove a type of algae that invades the oceans due to global warming and the amount of biological waste that increases in the sea. A record amount of algae is suffocating Caribbean coasts, killing wildlife and affecting tourism.
More than 24 million tons of sargassum darkened the Atlantic in June of this year, compared to 18.8 million tons in May, according to a monthly report from the Optical Oceanography Lab at the University of Florida, which described that figure as ” an all-time record.” And in July the presence of algae in the Caribbean Sea did not decrease, according to Chuanmin Hu, a professor of optical oceanography who collaborates on these reports.
Efforts to use sargassum as a fertilizer, food, biofuel, construction material or in medicinal products continue, but several Caribbean nations are unable to remove large quantities of the algae because they face financial problems and have limited resources.
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