Alaska aquaculture permitting support bolsters new aquatic farm applications

Oyster Farm in Alaska

Alaska’s burgeoning mariculture industry, which includes shellfish and seaweed farming, has substantial economic potential for coastal communities. The path to establish an aquatic farm is challenging, as prospective farmers are required to file multiple permits with four or more state and federal agencies. This confusing and time-consuming multi-agency permitting process was identified by the state’s…

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Q&A Session: State and Federal Aquatic Farm Applications

Photo of a spar buoy— part of the US Energy Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy project in Kodiak, AK.

Do you want to start an aquatic farm in Alaska? Do you have plans to submit a joint agency aquatic farm application but have some questions? State and federal regulatory agency staff and Alaska Sea Grant are offering four open Q&A sessions via Zoom to answer your questions and provide guidance about permitting and leasing…

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Q&A Session: State and Federal Aquatic Farm Applications

Photo of a spar buoy— part of the US Energy Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy project in Kodiak, AK.

Do you want to start an aquatic farm in Alaska? Do you have plans to submit a joint agency aquatic farm application but have some questions? State and federal regulatory agency staff and Alaska Sea Grant are offering four open Q&A sessions via Zoom to answer your questions and provide guidance about permitting and leasing…

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Q&A Session: State and Federal Aquatic Farm Applications

Photo of a spar buoy— part of the US Energy Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy project in Kodiak, AK.

Do you want to start an aquatic farm in Alaska? Do you have plans to submit a joint agency aquatic farm application but have some questions? State and federal regulatory agency staff and Alaska Sea Grant are offering four open Q&A sessions via Zoom to answer your questions and provide guidance about permitting and leasing…

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Q&A Session: State and Federal Aquatic Farm Applications

Photo of a spar buoy— part of the US Energy Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy project in Kodiak, AK.

Do you want to start an aquatic farm in Alaska? Do you have plans to submit a joint agency aquatic farm application but have some questions? State and federal regulatory agency staff and Alaska Sea Grant are offering four open Q&A sessions via Zoom to answer your questions and provide guidance about permitting and leasing…

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Alaska Aquaculture Permitting Portal and Guidance

oyster farm buoys and floating platform near shore

Join Alaska Sea Grant for a 1-hour webinar to talk about the newly launched Alaska Aquaculture Permitting Portal website and companion guidance booklet. Current and prospective aquatic farmers in Alaska have a valuable new resource to guide them through submitting, amending, renewing or transferring an aquatic farm application. NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region and Alaska Sea…

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New tools will help prospective businesses navigate aquaculture permitting

Boat, buoys and floats at a mariculture farm

Alaskans’ interest in the mariculture industry is growing. In 2016, state permitting agencies received only four aquatic farm applications. From 2017–2020, it jumped to 64. Mariculture includes the cultivation of shellfish, such as oysters, and seaweeds, used in a variety of foods, fertilizers and biofuels. Alaska state law prohibits the inclusion of finfish farming.  Shellfish…

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Seaweed Farm Start-up Training Program

oyster farm buoys in a cove

Alaska Sea Grant and partners are excited to announce the 2021 Seaweed Farm Start-up Training Program to be held for Alaska residents interested in starting their own seaweed farm in Alaska. In 2020, this program was held in Kodiak, Ketchikan, and Sitka as part of Phase 2 of the Alaska Mariculture Initiative. In February of…

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Alaska Aquaculture Opportunity Areas information session

Man and woman tending oyster nets

Please join us for an information session to learn more about designating Aquaculture Opportunity Areas (AOAs), and how you can help identify potential areas within Alaska that will become a focus for commercial aquaculture development. Registration for the information session is required. With the help of stakeholder input, NOAA will select 10 geographic regions nationwide.…

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Shellfish and seaweed recipe series: Bull kelp salsa

Alaska Sea Grant Shellfish and Seaweed Growers Project

Alaska Sea Grant’s Alaska Shellfish and Seaweed Growers Project is launching a recipe series to celebrate National Seafood Month and highlight tasty dishes you can make at home from mariculture crops available in Alaska. In this first installment, learn how to make zesty seaweed and tomato salsa using fresh Alaskan bull kelp. Bull kelp is…

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