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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Alaska Seaweed Handling and Processing Workshop

Kelp farmer pulling kelp into boat

This three-day hands-on workshop will cover the fundamentals of starting a commercial seaweed processing business, and will take place at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center in Kodiak, Alaska. The course is designed for individuals interested in or already working in the seafood processing, mariculture and food production industries. Participants will be responsible for…

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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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Mariculture for Alaska’s Future: Status, Challenges, and Opportunities

bull kelp

University of Alaska Mariculture Conference April 12–14, 2022 The goal of this University of Alaska-sponsored Mariculture Conference is to support continued development of mariculture in Alaska through consideration of accomplishments and opportunities in the areas of research and education, policy and regulation and industry growth.   Registration information

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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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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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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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Alaska Shellfish and Seaweed Festival

Alaska Shellfish and Seaweed Festival

We are pleased to announce the Alaska Shellfish and Seaweed Festival, taking place virtually on Zoom and streamed live on Facebook from coastal communities around the state. Leading up to the event and during the week of the festival, if you order seafood products from participating businesses, you’ll receive a special gift package that includes…

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