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Looking to start a seaweed farm in Alaska?

Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) and partners, including Alaska Sea Grant, are excited to announce a new training program for people interested in starting a seaweed farm. The program will be held in Kodiak, Ketchikan and Sitka in February 2020.  Applications are due by December 20, 2019. The training is part of the Alaska Mariculture Initiative and is intended…

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Research will help seaweed farming and traditional aquaculture

Alaska Sea Grant has received new federal funds to help develop aquaculture projects in Alaska and to work with partners on regional and national priorities. It’s part of a $16 million award from National Sea Grant that will fund 42 collaborative aquaculture projects across the country. Alaska Sea Grant and the Aleutians East Borough will partner on a project to launch a…

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Support for Alaska’s blue economy signed into law

Alaska’s emerging mariculture industry is getting a boost. Gov. Bill Walker signed a bill this week making it easier for shellfish hatchery owners to access loan funds to grow their businesses. House Bill 76 amends the Alaska Mariculture Revolving Loan Fund so that non-profit hatcheries, not just individual farmers, can apply for loans to market seeds to grow seaweed,…

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2018 update on kelp mariculture in Alaska

There are many great reasons for pursuing seaweed culture in Alaska—there is a huge space for it, Alaska has diverse species of seaweed and a fleet of vessels is available for harvest and transport. At Ocean Tuesday, a weekly forum for promoting Alaska’s maritime economy, Annie Thomson and Tamsen Peeples talked about their research on kelp mariculture in Alaska.

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Fast-food opportunity appeals to humpback whales

A whale mouth near net pens - NOAA permit #14122

Sitka, Alaska—Four humpback whales in Southeast Alaska have discovered their own fast-food restaurant. The whales have been eating juvenile chum and coho salmon at hatchery release sites in Chatham Strait, near Sitka. While the hatchery fish are likely a negligible portion of humpback whale diets overall in Southeast Alaska, this feeding habit could be an…

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