Seaweed Farm Start-Ups – Application for Training

AFDF and partners will be holding the second set of Seaweed Farm Start-up Training Program workshops in the Winter of 2021. The program will be held virtually with an announcement coming in mid-December. The goal of this program is to provide the tools and training necessary for Alaskans to start their own seaweed farm. The program is targeted towards commercial fishermen, Alaska Natives, and … Read More »

Mariculture Milestones

Mariculture Milestones On August 27th, Alaska reached three milestones in the development of mariculture. Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed two important documents: Administrative Order #297 - which will extend the Mariculture Task Force (Task Force) until 2021, and House Bill #76 - which allows shellfish and seaweed hatcheries to be eligible applicants for the Mariculture Revolving Loan Fund, … Read More »

Seaweed Farming 101

Seaweed Farming 101 AFDF has helped organize and facilitate recent meetings regarding seaweed farming and mariculture development in general. Meetings have been held in Cordova, Anchorage, Kodiak, Craig and Sitka. Future meetings are being planned at Wrangell, Ketchikan and Homer. Power Points and other information from these meetings can be found at this link. In particular, if you are looking … Read More »

Alaska Mariculture Initiative News Articles

Pilot project could spur an Alaskan seaweed industry Rubino, Knapp lay out ‘political economics’ of U.S. aquaculture Mariculture of shellfish, seaweeds will soon boost AK’s bottom line Laine Welch: Budget cuts will affect fisheries, variety of species The last frontier: The challenges ahead for Alaskan mariculture The last frontier: Growing mariculture in Alaska Mariculture initiative … Read More »

Maritime Works

For several years, AFDF has been working with maritime businesses, the University of Alaska, Alaska Departments of Labor and Education, and others on the issue of workforce development for Alaska maritime industry. In 2015, AFDF became the fiscal agent for an advisory group representing maritime businesses called Maritime Works. AFDF, on behalf of Maritime Works, also received a grant from the … Read More »

Alaska Mariculture Initiative (AMI) – Economic Analysis completed

Phase I of the Economic Analysis to Inform the Alaska Mariculture Initiative has been completed and can be viewed here. Phase I is a set of case studies which looks at examples of successful mariculture industries around the world and how they may relate to the development of Alaska’s industry. Presentations of the results of Phase I and other mariculture development topics have been given during … Read More »

RFM Certification

At its most recent meeting, the ASMI Board approved all of the recommendations of the RFM Task Force regarding improvements to its Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification. AFDF intends to apply to become a client for RFM certification of both the Pacific cod and salmon fisheries. If ASMI approves AFDF’s applications to become a client for these fisheries, the first step would be … Read More »

Alaska Chamber

The Alaska Chamber recently adopted a policy position regarding mariculture sponsored by AFDF and JEDC. The position is titled: Support diversification of Alaska’s economy including development of a robust mariculture industry. Several other policy positions were adopted which are relevant to AFDF members, including support for alternative certification for Alaska seafood, science based ESA … Read More »

Alaska Mariculture Initiative (AMI) – Economic Analysis to Inform a Statewide Strategic Plan

Most recent news - Three proposals were received from the following companies: Northern Economics, McDowell Group and Sea Town Marketing. The proposals were reviewed by a panel of experts, and after independents scorings, the top two finalists were interviewed. The AFDF Board awarded the contract to the Northern Economics team, which includes experts from Maine and Washington. The contract is … Read More »