Extreme overfishing is one of the most pressing impacts on Indonesian coral reefs, but local economies and food security are based on this important natural resource. Viable alternatives to fishing are few and far between, and the economics of available options tend to be biased towards a handful of individuals rather than the local producers themselves. This is precisely the case with seaweed farming, leaving farmers below the poverty line and reliant on fishing to feed themselves and their families. The Opwall Trust has been working since 2007 to redefine Indonesia’s seaweed farming industry to bring value added processing into local communities, and you can read more about the background to the project here. After several years of development and capacity building, 2014 has seen our ultimate aim come a big step closer. Blueprints for a proof of concept pilot plant have recently been finalised by a team of Indonesian industrial processing experts, and final costings for the plant have been agreed. We are now in discussion with several interested funding partners, and hope to begin construction of the pilot plant in 2015. Watch this space . . . .