Supporters of mariculture in Alaska are working to build a $100 million industry out of shellfish and seaweed over the next two decades.
Industry experts say the timing for kelp farming fits well between pollock or salmon seasons.
After 10 years of certification, Gulf of Alaska cod will have its blue-sticker sustainability label suspended.
The training is geared toward those in commercial fishing, tribal organizations or other coastal residents.
More research is needed to see if model similar to salmon hatcheries could revitalize crab and other shellfish stocks around the state. A senate bill could make that easier.
Alaska’s mariculture industry is in its infancy, compared with other regions of the world, but it has the potential to be much larger — maybe worth as much as $1 billion within three decades.
Alaska shellfish farmers hope a new state mariculture initiative will help boost their businesses. But they warn it’s not an easy industry to expand.
If your a fisheries business in Iceland, Thor Sigfusson is kind of like your wingman.