ABO comment: « The big news this month is that ABO’s efforts to secure new funding and regulatory support for supplying carbon dioxide to industrial algae cultivation operations is beginning to pay off.

Last week marked a significant victory for ABO’s efforts to raise the profile of algae’s ability to consume carbon dioxide and help fight climate change: U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced legislation to prioritize research and development of carbon utilization technologies at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fossil Energy program.

It’s hard to believe that just a year ago carbon utilization wasn’t on the mind of most sitting U.S. Senators, but thanks to the efforts of ABO members we have found a number of allies on Capitol Hill that recognize the enormous advantage that comes with the ability to convert CO2 emissions into valuable products.

With their help we can accelerate the day algae become a source of renewable fuels, chemicals, food and feed products – all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. « 


Apia, Samoa – The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the European Union will establish a community of practice for Pacific Islands’ policy officers and legislative drafters involved in deep sea minerals.

The new initiative is a key outcome of an intensive regional training workshop on deep sea minerals policy formulation and legislative drafting hosted by the Government of Samoa and organised with SPC in Apia last week.

The virtual community of practitioners will usefully exchange practices, experiences, questions and challenges with regards to the development and implementation of their deep sea mineral policies and legislation.

The Director of SPC’s Geoscience Division, Professor Mike Petterson, said the initiative will enable policy officers and legislative drafters to share and discuss the future development of deep sea mineral regulatory frameworks, including the strengths and weaknesses in existing deep sea mineral policies and legislation, and to grasp whether there is a need for further development and changes.

“Additionally it will ensure that there’s a better understanding of the needs and priorities of the Pacific region as a whole, as well as the ability to identify possible areas of regional cooperation and information sharing for deep sea mineral activities,” Prof Petterson said.

The new virtual community will be facilitated through a blog or portal managed by SPC as part of its European Union-funded Deep Sea Minerals Project.

“The community of practice proposed within the project will enhance the governance of deep sea minerals in the region,” the Ambassador of the European Union for the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs, said. ”It is another effort to ensure that deep sea minerals in the Pacific are managed sustainably and we are supportive of such efforts.”

Initiated in 2011, the project has been assisting Pacific Island countries in accessing all available information and for those who wish to engage in deep sea mineral activities, by supporting informed governance in accordance with international law, with particular attention to the protection of the marine environment and securing equitable financial arrangements for the benefit of Pacific people.

As one of its key result areas, the project aims to assist Pacific Island countries in the formulation of national policy, legislation and regulations to ensure the responsible governance and careful management of deep sea mineral resources.

The workshop in Apia, Samoa, was attended by 70 participants from 13 Pacific Island countries.



The 9th annual Algae Biomass Summit will take place September 30 – October 2, 2015 at the Marriott Washington Wardman Park in Washington, DC. This dynamic event unites industry professionals from all sectors of the world’s algae utilization industries including those involved financing, algal ecology, genetic systems, carbon partitioning, engineering & analysis, biofuels, animal feeds, fertilizers, bioplastics, supplements and foods.


Algae.Tec Limited announces the exercise of $500,000 of options by Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings Limited at an exercise price of $0.07cents.

These options were issued under a second subscription agreement dated 18 December 2014, which provided for an additional investment of $2.4m in Algae.Tec Ltd. Of this amount $1.9m has now been received with the balance of $500,000 to be received in October 2015. Following this conversion Reliance will hold 11.5% of the equity in Algae.Tec Ltd, and have options to take this holding to approximately 20%.

Peter Hatfull, Managing Director of Algae.Tec commented “this further investment by Reliance demonstrates the maturity of our relationship with Reliance and the success and progress of our contract with them. The initial plant and additional containers of equipment have now been despatched to India and is planned to be operational over the next 3 months”

The Company continues to build its technology and expertise for the growing of algae for renewable diesel and aviation biofuels. It is also progressing well with the development of the small scale plant in Cumming that will grow algae for the nutraceutical market. This plant is also expected to be in operation within the next 3 months.


Guam will be hosting 27 island nations from across the Pacific for what is called the « Olympics of Pacific Arts » and the largest cultural event to take place in the island’s history from May 22 – June 4, 2016. The location for the world-class event will be in the heart of Guam’s capital of Hagatña at the Paseo de Susana Park. Millions of dollars are being invested to prepare facilities so that Guam can appropriately welcome and host the thousands of people expected to participate in FestPac. The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the Paseo Stadium, while a Festival Village will be constructed next to the Chamorro Village for the visiting island nations. Through federal grants and already budgeted funding, renovations to the Paseo Stadium, Guerrero Softball Field, Guam Seal Park, Guam Fishermen’s Co-op and Paseo Recreation Center will soon be underway. Additionally, lighting and landscape improvements will be made, including the installation of the Guam Fishermen’s platform. All of the updated facilities will compliment the newly restored Plaza De Espana and soon to be completed Guam and Chamorro Educational Facility, or Guam Museum.


Apia, Samoa –The Government of Samoa is this week hosting a regional workshop on deep sea minerals policy and legislative drafting organised with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

Funded by the European Union, the training workshop is bringing together 60 government representatives from 13 Pacific Island countries to improve their understanding of the international legal regime for deep sea minerals activities and their policy formulation and legislative drafting skills.

As global interest in deep sea minerals increases, particularly in the Pacific region, effective policy and legal development are seen as vital to ensure that any deep sea mineral activities are conducted and managed in compliance with international standards and best environmental practices.

The three major deep sea mineral deposits that are attracting commercial interest include seafloor massive sulphides (which contain high concentrations of metals such as copper, gold, silver, zinc and lead), manganese nodules and cobalt-rich crusts.

All three mineral deposits occur in the Exclusive Economic Zones of many Pacific Island countries and are increasingly being recognised as a potential source of revenue and economic development.

« The Samoa Government is privileged to host this regional workshop that is aimed to elevate the standard of deep sea minerals policy and legislative development and would like to thank SPC and the European Union for their continuous support provided to our country as we learn more about this emerging area,” the Government of Samoa’s Assistant Attorney General,Loretta Teueli, said.

Few countries in the world have taken the vital legal steps to ensure that regulatory frameworks are in place to regulate and monitor deep sea minerals activities, so the Pacific is leading the way, according to SPC’s Deep Sea Minerals Project Manager, Akuila Tawake.

“This workshop is aligned with one of the strategic objectives of the Deep Sea Minerals Project which is to prepare Pacific Island countries wanting to engage in deep sea mining activities to effectively regulate and manage the activities carried out under their responsibility,” Mr Tawake said.

The intensive workshop is taking place from 18 to 22 May in Apia as part of the SPC-European Union Deep Sea Minerals Project:  The project involves 13 Pacific Community members who are part of the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) grouping.



Toronto Ontario, April 07, 2015 – Nautilus Minerals Inc. (TSX:NUS, OTCQX: NUSMF) (the « Company » or « Nautilus ») announces it has signed a contract with Gardline CGG Pte Ltd (« Gardline CGG ») to provide exploration services for Nautilus’ 2015 program in the Solomon Islands. The vessel MV Duke will be used to generate targets to expand Nautilus’ Seafloor Massive Sulphide (« SMS ») prospect inventory within its 100% owned Solomon Islands exploration licenses.

The contract with Gardline CGG is for 43 days of services, mobilising from Brisbane, Australia on or about April 25, 2015.  The program will define SMS targets using efficient multibeam echo sounder and plume hunting techniques. Plume hunting is a regional geochemical technique involving the discovery of metal rich plumes of material that are ejected into the water column from prospective areas, by natural geological processes. The primary objective of this program is to discover further mineralised systems to support the Company’s business model. Amongst its many anticipated advantages, seafloor resource production will allow the aggregation of resources from multiple mineralised systems without the need for significant additional capital.


 The MV Duke vessel, which will be used for this program is a 67 metre long, 2031 gross tonne, Survey Vessel, originally built in 1983, and then extensively refitted in 1998 by A/S Vaagen Vert, Norway. The vessel is equipped with a hull mounted Kongsberg EM302 multibeam system, a state of the art seafloor mapping system that provides some of the highest quality seafloor mapping data available.



Suva, Fji – Almost 70 new varieties of potato and sweet potato will soon be available to Pacific Island countries and territories, to improve food security across the region.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s (SPC’s) Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePACT), based in Suva, Fiji, has received 42 new potato varieties as tissue cultures that are sub-tropical, heat-tolerant and resistant to some potato viruses.

Potato is becoming one of the most consumed crops in the Pacific Islands region, with some countries and territories beginning to grow potatoes, while Fiji imports FJD 17 million of potatoes ever year.

The new potato varieties originate from Peru, while the sweet potato tissue cultures are also mainly from Peru, as well as Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador.

Accessing new, adaptable and resilient hybrids will assist countries and territories with import substitution to improve food security.

“The Centre also received tissue cultures of 27 advanced hybrid sweet potato varieties, all of which have orange and purple flesh that is high in nutrients to help improve diets in Pacific communities,” SPC Genetic Resources Coordinator, Valerie Tuia, said.

“The fast-growing and early-maturing sweet potato varieties are an ideal crop in disaster rehabilitation efforts and food security programmes, although we’re currently preparing other varieties for anticipated distribution in the coming weeks to areas impacted by Cyclone Pam,” she said.

In Cook Islands, Niue and Samoa these orange and purple varieties are very popular for the tourist market and they will support smallholder farmers supplying this market.

POTATOA growing demand by Pacific countries and territories for disease-resistant and nutrient-rich crop diversity, that is suitable for a tropical climate, prompted CePACT to continue sourcing new, improved varieties from its partners in the Consultative Group of International Agriculture Centres (CGIAR).


On 10 April, the Fiji Government, the European Union and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community will launch a major reforestation project called ReForest Fiji. Deforestation has been a long lasting problem in some of the Pacific islands. The fijian program should pave the way to other initiatives.


The Pacific Economic Cooperation Council had organized  three seminars about energy transition in the Pacific. After Victoria, Canada, and Santiago, Chile, the last one was held in Noumea, New Caledonia, from 26th to 28th of september 2014. Main topic and resolutions are presented in the enclosed document. Small islands offer an exciting environment for renewable energies: the cost for imported fuel is high, and they have both sun (at least in the Pacific) and marine energy resources.

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