– Acadian Seaplants Limited –
Acadian Seaplants is a bio-tech manufacturer of premium products for agricultural production (both animal and plants), cultivated sea vegetables and specialty ingredients derived from selected species of aquatic plants. As a fully integrated company, Acadian Seaplants is responsible for sustainable cultivation and harvesting of marine plants, process development and engineering, manufacturing, market development, sales and technical customer support. In Florida, Acadian Seaplants sells its products through two other FFVA trade associate members, Crop Production Services and Triangle Chemical Company.
Louis E. Deveau, the company’s founder, began his lifelong association with seaweed at his father’s side. At an early age, Deveau learned about the benefits of seaweed with its high levels of plant nutrients while watching his father spread “goemon de roche” (the Acadian term for seaweed found on the rocky shorelines) on the family garden.
Today, Acadian Seaplants bills itself as the largest independent marine plant processing company in North America and the world leader in aquatic plant products for humans, animals and plants. Acadian’s brands, which include Stella Maris®, Acadian® and Stimplex®, have been used as soil and foliar inputs on over 70 crops in more than 80 countries.
Scot Seigler serves as key account manager for Acadian Seaplants covering the Southeast. “Seaweed has been used for centuries to improve crop production,” he said. “We only harvest Ascophyllum nodosum, which is the most researched seaweed species for agricultural use in the world.”
Seigler is excited about a product Acadian Seaplants offers that he says is making a difference in Florida agriculture – Stimplex®, a crop biostimulant. “Field trials in Florida have shown tremendous results,” he said. “One of its key benefits is that it helps the plant stimulate tremendous root systems and by doing so, reduces fruit drop. Also, applications of Stimplex® can help improve crop yield and quality, working well on citrus, tomatoes, peppers, melons and a wide variety of other crops.”
When they harvest the seaweed, they don’t just pull it out with the roots. In effect, they give it a haircut. It grows right back.” – Scot Seigler, Acadian Seaplants Limited
“Stimplex® is part of a complete nutritional program,” Seigler says. “Stimplex® does not replace traditional fertilizers (i.e., NPKs) but rather helps increase nutrient uptake, allowing the grower to achieve greater efficiency and improve the crop’s ability to stand up to stresses from drought, pests, heat and chill,” he said.
Acadian employs a research team of 10 PhDs. The research and development team conducts extensive research to understand crop benefits that ultimately improve plant performance and grower return.
In addition to its commitment to science, Acadian Seaplants has been recognized for its environmental stewardship. “We have used GPS to map all of the harvestable beds,” Seigler said. “The resource is as plentiful now as when we started more than 30 years ago. That’s one of the reasons I love working for this company,” he said.
The company employs hundreds of hand-harvesters who often are father-son teams. They use a small boat and a specially developed rake to collect four to five tons of fresh Ascophyllum per boat per tide. “When they harvest the seaweed, they don’t just pull it out with the roots,” said Seigler. “In effect, they give it a haircut. It grows right back.”
Visit the Acadian Seaplants website to learn more about its products, research, sustainability and more or contact a Stimplex® distributor for additional information about products for the Florida market: