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Introduction

Fellowship of the Seaweed Health Foundation is made in recognition of a consistent and outstanding contribution to the Foundation’s core purposes, in particular the development of nutritious food seaweed, of special merit or over an extended period.

Fellows are elected by the Trustees and announced at the Annual Conference.

2015: Mr Christopher Dawson

CEO of Clearspring Ltd for his outstanding contribution to the production and marketing of organic quality seaweed.

Christopher has been advocating the value of dietary seaweed for more than 30 years and through his Clearspring organic food brand has brought the best quality seaweed from Japan to customers throughout Europe and elsewhere since the late 1990s.

Christopher lived in Japan from 1980 studying Japanese foods and production and working with traditional producers to develop products to suit the needs of overseas customers and comply with EU organic regulations.

He travelled extensively to introduce these foods to markets worldwide, and in September 1993 set up Clearspring in London:

"Clearspring was born out of a wish to build a global organic food brand, and to protect and develop the production of authentic and artisanal foods. What motivates us is to increase consumption of wholesome, easy-to-prepare, great tasting daily foods for optimum nutrition."

In 2007 Christopher became the first non-Japanese person to receive the Award for Overseas Promotion of Japanese Food from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, for his distinguished contribution to the promotion of Japanese organic food worldwide.

2014: Mr Kjell W. Petterson

CEO Nordtang A/S, for his outstanding contribution to the development of seaweed for human consumption.

Kjell Petterson (right) with Simon Ranger near the seaweed factory at Rinøyvåg in the Arctic Lofoten Islands, 2002.

Kjell was the scion of a fishing family and the first to build a successful seaweed harvesting business in Lofoten, Norway’s vast northern archipelago, in 1969.

With an engineering degree from Bergen University, Kjell was well placed, during the first decade of this century, to work with Simon Ranger to develop human food seaweed production among these pristine Arctic islands.

A gentle and profoundly thoughtful man, Kjell Petterson died in June, 2014 aged 72.