Mariculture and Seaweed Farming

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Mariculture is a developing industry that provides multiple benefits to the people of Alaska: economic, environmental, and cultural. In Alaska, the term mariculture specifically refers to the cultivation of shellfish and aquatic plants, such as seaweed. The marine organisms cultivated can be made into food and other products.

Mariculture has great potential to provide economic diversification in Alaska, particularly in small rural communities.

This site is under construction and will be added to periodically.

See below for resources:

Alaska Mariculture Initiative

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) and partners have held several Seaweed Farm Start-up Training Programs for Alaska residents interested in starting their own seaweed farm in Alaska.

Topics covered during the trainings include: identification of seaweed species, lifecycles of seaweed, the hatchery process, site evaluation, how to use the Mariculture Map, farm gear and equipment, business plan development, farm loans available, state lease application process, gear deployment, seeding and harvesting techniques, quality handling and safety considerations.

Additional Resources:

Alaskan Mariculture - Opportunities for Hands-on and Online Learning

Alaska Mariculture Development Plan - March 2018

Alaska Mariculture Development Plan - In Brief

Alaska Shellfish Farm Size Feasibility Study

Seaweed Farming in Alaska - Sea Grant Alaska

Sea Grant network has established a National Seaweed Hub to serve as a science-based, non-advocate resource for the domestic seaweed and seaweed aquaculture industry.

NOAA Video on Kelp Farming