Building community capacity in kelp mariculture site suitability assessments

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

Alaska has vast untapped habitat ideal for seaweed mariculture. Determining the relative suitability of sites for cultivating kelp is a complex calculation involving many factors of varying importance, including conflict over area use, geophysical aspects, and biological requirements for effective farming. Join Alaska Sea Grant’s mariculture specialist for a 1-hour webinar about a soon-to-be-released Site…

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Glacier silt hinders establishment of kelp bed communities

diver working with equipment on seafloor

Kachemak Bay, Alaska—Long-term build up of silt from glacier melt is limiting growth and establishment of kelp beds in Kachemak Bay, according to an ongoing project by University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers. Kelp beds form tall underwater forests that are an important habitat in Kachemak Bay near Homer. Large kelp beds serve as a nursery…

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Sitka Sound abalone and kelp: Looking for answers

Taylor White finishes up a dive.

Sitka, Alaska—Most people don’t put on a scuba suit when they get ready for work in the morning. But a new project to track how climate change and other influences are affecting kelp and abalone populations in Sitka Sound is getting divers suited up more often. Project leaders are simultaneously answering basic questions about kelp…

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