In 2016, the Alaska Mariculture Task Force (MTF) was established and mandated by Governor Walker to assess and provide a report of formal recommendations for the development of a viable and sustainable mariculture industry.
In 2021, the Final Report to Governor Dunleavy was provided by the MTF, which was then succeeded by the Alaska Mariculture Alliance (AMA). Initial research and workforce development priorities, along with the vision, goal, and plan for developing a viable and sustainable mariculture industry in Alaska, can be found in the Final Report
In 2023, the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association (PCSGA) Research Committee published the updated 2023 Research Priorities.
This project assesses how different seed densities and frond trimming influences the yield of biomass, as well as determining the temperature and salinity limits for juvenile kelp sourced from parent stocks from different regions.
This monitoring program builds off efforts started by the University of Alaska Fairbanks to evaluate water column variables, phytoplankton species (particularly HAB causing species including Alexandrium catenella), and oyster energy stores and toxin levels.
While the ecological and economic impacts of fouling organisms on oyster farm equipment are broadly understood, there is uncertainty in the effect that glacial runoff has on fouling community development.
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.
Mariculture Research and Restoration Consortium (Mar. ReCon) is a research and monitoring program designed to address the needs of the mariculture industry in the Exxon Valdez oil spill (EVOS) affected area including Prince William Sound, Kachemak Bay, and Kodiak Island.
This 5-year project aims to assess how Indigenous kelp mariculture operations within the EVOS spill area would be socially beneficial, economically viable and compatible with local cultural values of coastal communities.
Using aerial and drone surveys, this project aims to map and quantify the abundance of wild kelp beds in northern Southeast Alaska. This will provide an important tool to evaluate habitat value, interactions of aquaculture, and spatial planning.
By investigating/working with established kelp farmers, processors, and marketers of bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana), this project aims to develop, test and improve farming protocols to enable and support the growth of the industry.
The goals of this project are to facilitate and support the work of the Alaska Mariculture Alliance (AMA), Alaska Native Development Workgroup, and to improve communication within environmental, fishing, and other relevant mariculture partners in Alaska.
This project is based around product development research, evaluating the potential for existing fishmeal processing equipment to act as a primary stabilization of kelp, prior to secondary value-added processing.