Seaweed has been one of the top commodities exported by the Philippines. In spite of this, the Bureau still aims to further increase seaweed production by distributing quality seaweed propagules through the National Seaweed Development Programs and the Regional Seaweed Tissue Culture Laboratories. As of December 31, the Bureau was able to provide 851,934 kgs of seaweed propagules to 4,710 individual beneficiaries and 152 groups or associations. To help achieve this, BFAR maintains seven seaweed tissue culture laboratories nationwide to help ensure the availability of quality seaweed propagules. These laboratories are located in Lucap, Alaminos, Pangasinan (Region I); Guimaras (Region VI); Ubay, Bohol (Region VII); Guiuan, Samar (Region VIII); Zamboanga City (Region IX); Masao, Butuan, Agusan del Norte (Region XIII); and Sorsogon (NSTDC).
From 2017 to present, NSDP has organized and strengthened ten viable seaweed marketing cooperatives that are operational in different seaweed producing municipalities in the country. Seaweed farmers were transformed into Entrepreneurial Cooperatives where they earn more profit by managing their seaweed nurseries as business enterprises and making the operations self-sustaining.