Origin by Ocean, a Finnish algae refining company, began operations in the country with its first export of sargassum from Punta Cana to its bioprocessing plant in Finland, to convert it into raw material for the cosmetics and food industries.
The company, in collaboration with strategic partners such as SOS Carbon, Grupo Puntacana and Nodo Logistics, is seeking an ecologically sustainable solution to the sargassum problem in the Dominican Republic.
The operations began in a first phase where 100 vans full of sargassum will be sent to Finland, and then a second phase, in which a bioprocessing plant will be installed in the country.
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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 that are committed to the environment and the preservation of the oceans.
Marcos Díaz, Origin by Oceans representative in the DR, emphasized that the company seeks to grow hand in hand with its strategic partners to solve the sargassum problem and provide an ecologically sustainable product.
“We intend to create an economic dynamic and job generation on the coasts of the Dominican Republic,” he stressed.
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What has been done?
To mitigate this phenomenon that affects the country’s beaches every year, mainly at the beginning of the summer, some hotels have opted to place barriers that limit its arrival to the coast. Others have used the method of collection with machinery.
In 2020, the Ministry of Tourism, the Inter-American Development Bank and Asonahores signed an agreement for the rescue of 35 beaches and the construction of barriers for the management of sargassum.