Kachemak Bay Kelp Processing and Distribution Hub: Removing a Bottleneck to Growth in the Alaska Seaweed Industry

This team will be assessing the entire process of seaweed growth, harvest, processing and distribution in Homer, Alaska, to determine and remove recognized bottlenecks that inhibit the expansion of the commercial seaweed sector.

Building on existing local infrastructure and expertise, the objective of this project is to establish a regional seaweed processing and distribution hub in Homer, Alaska for Kachemak Bay seaweed growers, which could serve as a model for other regions of Alaska and potentially other coastal states.

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Project Term: 2022 – 2024

Funding: $279,000, NOAA Fisheries, Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant