Meet Tamara Singer and Angelita Eriksen: Sirens of Seaweed | Wave Makers

February 16, 2023

From hand harvesting to R&D: the seaweed story!

In the arctic waters of Northern Norway, two women are leading the hand harvesting of unique seaweed species. Angelita Eriksen and Tamara Singer are from different sides of the planet but found their way to launching a company that wants the whole world to recognize the unique benefits of an ocean-grown superfood: seaweed.

They share a passion for innovating ways to use a remarkable superfood, seaweed. Host Tamara Kahn delights in a conversation with the founders of Lofoten Seaweed as they talk about their differing backgrounds, their path to starting this company, and all of the fantastic R&D opportunities they are still discovering as they innovate the culinary use of varying species of seaweed. Listen to learn how they are working to make seaweed a more common ingredient in Norwegian cooking and who has been helping along the way. Check out their products now available in the USA via Amazon. And visit their website for recipes and articles about how and why you should try dulse, wakame and all the rest! You can also sign up for their Newsletter of updates and discounts.

After the episode, catch Lofoten Seaweed on the upcoming PBS documentary ‘People of the North’ airing in April 2023. Check out the promo here.

Tamara Singer and Angelita Eriksen
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Tamara Kahn

Before diving into promoting the incredible innovations of the ocean and water industry, Tamara spent a decade ocean bound for weeks at a time, working with state-of-the-art geophysical sensors in some of the most challenging environments, the salty depths of the world’s oceans. She enjoyed managing projects with advanced technology and collaborating with a diverse workforce and clientele, but her international travels made her witness to some of the worst challenges facing humanity, from ocean pollution to water scarcity. She resolved to pivot her career into sustainability and ecological resilience. Since earning a Masters of Advanced Studies in Climate Science and Policy from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Tamara develops and facilitates programs that enable STEM students, researchers, policymakers, government officials and tech companies to form mutually beneficial partnerships, innovating and collaborating internationally towards sustainable solutions. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin and contributes technical knowledge along with expertise in strategic collaboration and a zest for innovative thinking. Tamara is most happy near a body of water, relishes any chance to SCUBA and loves learning new languages and cultures.