Seaweed processing and handling workshop provides workforce training

man sorting sugar kelp

Seaweed farming is a major industry worldwide, and the United States imports more than 95%—19 million tons—of its edible seaweed. Alaska has an ideal environment for producing home-grown seaweed to meet a greater share of the domestic market and as a potential export to meet international demand. Interest in seaweed farming is growing in Alaska,…

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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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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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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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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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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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