KelpMeal: Product Development Research to Evaluate the Potential for Existing Fishmeal Processing Equipment to act as a Primary Stabilization of Kelp Prior to Secondary Value-Added Processing

This project will build upon previous work to determine the feasibility of using a fishmeal processing plant for primary stabilization of kelp and evaluate potential new products made from the residuals, including feed, fertilizer, cosmetics, and biochar.

AFDF’s “Alaska Seaweed Market Assessment” was an inspiration for this project. This project is being co-funded by Denali Commission, who have contributed $30,000 to KelpMeal.

Principal Investigator:

  • Tommy Sheridan, Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation
  • Jackson Gross, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Project Term:
Phase 3, 09/01/2023 – 06/30/2024
Phase 2, 02/01/2023 – 06/30/2023
Phase 1, 12/01/2022 – 02/01/2022

Funding: $61,110 (Phase 3), Alaska Blue Economy Center, $100,000 (phases 1 and 2), World Wildlife Fund (WWF)