The mission of the Alaska Mariculture Research and Training Center is to build partnerships and leverage resources to facilitate and coordinate training, research and dissemination across disciplines (e.g. biology, engineering, economics, marketing, food sciences, etc.) for better success of industry and community development and to improve mariculture management.

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Alaska Sea Grant has released the Alaska Mariculture Workforce Development Plan, which covers goals, strategies, and action steps for meeting the current and forecasted training needs for a growing mariculture industry.

ICRS2024: Call for Abstracts

The International Conference on Shellfish Restoration 2024 (ICSR2024), held from September 15-18, 2024, on Jekyll Island, Georgia, USA, is now accepting abstract submissions for presentations and posters.

Q&A: Kelp, climate and ocean acidification

There is growing interest around cultivating or preserving kelp beds to mitigate climate change and provide benefits to species such as shellfish who are susceptible to ocean acidification.

To learn more, click here to visit the Alaska Ocean Acidification Network webpage.


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Position Announcement: Postdoctoral Research Associate – Mariculture

This position is funded by the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council (EVOSTC) from settlement funds that have been competitively awarded to support research, monitoring, and economic development in the spill affected area.

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The Role of Seafood Consumption in Child Growth and Development

Seafood–including marine and freshwater fish, mollusks, and crustaceans–is a healthy food choice, but it can also contain contaminants. It is currently unclear how much seafood children or pregnant and lactating women are consuming, and what impact seafood consumption is having on children’s growth and development.

Lessons Learned Marketing Seaweed Products in the U.S. 2024

The report, “Lessons Learned Marketing Seaweed Products in the U.S.” captures the successful approaches existing seaweed producer and support organizations are employing to drive sales and growth of seaweed products in the U.S. The report builds on previous research on consumer perceptions and the use of “willingness to purchase” models with an intention to evolve from a theoretical measure of interest to one that documents real approaches in branding, product development and sales channels that has resulted in consumer sales.

Seaweed Handling and Processing Guidelines for Alaska

There is state and federal support for developing Alaska mariculture industries, which could help increase sales of Alaska seaweed, and increase the capacity and capability of new and existing companies involved in purchasing and processing. This guide was developed to help individuals and companies better understand what’s involved as they decide whether to enter the seaweed processing industry, and to provide some industry standards in the manufacturing or processing of kelp.

Final Report to Governor Dunleavy, Alaska Region Aquaculture Accomplishments

This report is provided by the Alaska Mariculture Task Force to Governor Dunleavy as a requirement of the Administrative Order No. 297 that re-established the Task Force. State support, spanning multiple administrations, is critical to reach the goal of growing a $100 million per year mariculture industry in 20 years.

Nitrogen and Carbon Removal Capacity by Farmed Kelp Alaria marginata and Saccharina latissima Varies by Species

An increasing body of evidence shows that seaweeds, including kelp, can be used as a
tool to neutralize or remove excess nutrients and metals from the water column. Here we report
on a preliminary field assessment showing potential nutrient and carbon removal differences in
sugar kelp and ribbon kelp grown in common gardens.

Roadmap to Organic Certification for Seaweeds of Alaska

Read about the four steps to organic certification.

PCSGA Research Priorities for 2023

The PCSGA Research Committee has updated the research priorities document to reflect current Board of Directors’ research priorities for membership. The purpose of the document is to enable the PCSGA membership, funders and agencies to have up to date understanding of what researchable issues the PCGA finds most important for funding for the current year.

NOAA Aquaculture Science Advice Handbook

With mounting interest in marine aquaculture development in the United States, there is a growing need to provide regulators with relevant and rigorously developed science advice to support and inform aquaculture management decisions.

Crest Aquaculture Accelerator Program

The world’s leading aquaculture accelerator keeps getting better. Hatch is evolving the accelerator model to provide greater value and flexibility for your startup based on feedback from the 100’s of companies we have worked with. With the extensive capabilities of the wider Hatch Blue group, they have built a program where startup development meets strategic consulting.

Farming Bull Kelp: Lessons Learned and Future Considerations

We reached out to all parties (as knowledge allowed) that have experience growing bull kelp (e.g. for restoration, food security, commercial, etc.) to conduct interviews to document their experience and the cultivation specs of their farming efforts; summarized, here.

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