2021 Seaweed Farm Start-up Training Program

Information and Registration

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) and partners are excited to announce the 2021 Seaweed Farm Start-up Training Program to be held for Alaska residents interested in starting their own seaweed farm in Alaska. Registration for the program is available on the Alaska Sea Grant website. In 2020, this program was held in Kodiak, Ketchikan, and Sitka as part of Phase 2 of the Alaska Mariculture Initiative. In February of 2021, this program will be held again for a new cohort of participants, and will be conducted virtually via Zoom due to COVID-19 health and safety mandates. This virtual format will allow significant expansion of the training program, from 48 participants in 2020 to over 100 in 2021. Registration for the training program will be completed in two parts:

  • all interested Alaska residents are invited to register for a webinar to be held on February 2, 2021 at 4:00pm-6:00pm AST
  • webinar attendees will then be eligible to register for an in-depth series of virtual technical multi-day workshops over one -week beginning on February 22 (2-3 hours each session)

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 fishing communities. The program will be completed in four sections:

  • online webinar on February 2, 2021
  • series of virtual technical multi-day workshops over one-week beginning on February 22, 2021
  • one-on-one mentoring for high-performing participants
  • potential in-person hands-on field training in Spring/Summer 2021 (COVID-19 permitting).

Participants will be required to attend the February 2 webinar in order to register for the series of technical workshops. Although there is no expected cap on the number of participants for the webinar, participation for the series of technical multi-day workshops is expected to be capped at 150 participants. Registration will be first-come first-serve for eligible participants. Registration for the series of technical multi-day workshops will be open from February 3 to February 10. Materials, final workshop dates/times, and workshop information will be distributed to registered participants prior to both the webinar and technical workshops.

Topics covered will include identification of seaweed species, lifecycles of seaweed, the hatchery process, site evaluation, use of the Mariculture Map, farm gear and equipment, business plan development, farm loans available, state lease application process, gear deployment, seeding and harvesting techniques, quality handling, and safety considerations. Information and instruction will be provided by GreenWave, Alaska Sea Grant, ADNR, ADFG, Blue Evolution, OceansAlaska, Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association, AFDF, AMSEA, seaweed farmers, and others.

Register today to become a seaweed farmer in Alaska! Please visit the AFDF and Alaska Sea Grant websites for more information.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • December 16 – 2021 training program and registration period announced
  • February 1 – registration period closes
  • February 2 @ 4:00pm-6:00pm AST – Seaweed Farm Start-up Training Program Webinar
  • February 3-10 – registration period for technical workshops opens
  • Week of February 22 – series of virtual technical multi-day workshops over one-week (2-3 hours each session), exact dates and times TBD

Post Registration Notice:

Registrants will receive a reminder email with a link to the Zoom webinar and login information at the end of January with a final reminder the morning of February 2nd, 2021.

REGISTER HERE!

Questions:

If you have questions about this program, you can contact Riley Smith.

Informational Links:


2020 Seaweed Farm Start-up Training Program

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 fishing communities.

Please stay tuned for more information.


The application period for the 2020 Alaska Seaweed Farm Start-ups Training Program is now closed. AFDF and partners will notify applicants of selections by January 15th, 2020 at the latest. Thank you all for your applications and interest, we are truly looking forward to this collaborative program! Please stay tuned and come back to the AFDF website for more updates on the emerging mariculture industry in Alaska. Please reach out to Riley Smith with any other questions pertaining to the Alaska Seaweed Farm Start-ups Training Program.


The goal of this program is to provide tools and training for Alaskans to start seaweed farms. The program is targeted towards commercial fishermen, Alaska Natives, and fishing communities. The program will be completed in three sections:

1) online webinar,
2) in-person 2-day workshop, and
3) one-on-one mentoring for high-performing participants.

Participants will be required to attend the webinar and one of the in-person workshops. If the participant does not live in one of the three communities in which the workshops will be held, the applicant will be responsible for paying all travel and lodging costs. Topics covered will include identification of seaweed species, lifecycles of seaweed, the hatchery process, site selection, use of Mariculture Map, farm gear and equipment, business plan development, farm loans available, state lease application process, gear deployment, seeding and harvesting techniques, quality handling, and safety considerations. Information and instruction will be provided by GreenWave, Alaska Sea Grant, ADNR, ADFG, Blue Evolution, OceansAlaska, AFDF and others. Materials and food during the workshops will be provided. While cost of the program is free for those who are selected for the program, participants will be expected to attend and complete work products in order to continue to each section. Space will be limited to ten participants per workshop, and six participants total for one-on-one mentoring.

Important Dates:

November 22, 2019 – Application announcement
December 20, 2019 – Application due
January 15, 2020 – Selected applicants notified
February 4, 2020 from 10 am – noon AST – Introductory webinar

Workshop dates/locations:

  • February 13-14, 2020 – Kodiak Workshop (hosted by Blue Evolution & KSMSC)
  • February 17-18, 2020 – Ketchikan Workshop (hosted by OceansAlaska & ASG)
  • February 20-21, 2020 – Sitka Workshop (hosted by Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Assoc)

Questions:

If you have questions about this application, you can contact Riley Smith.

Informational Links:

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Seaweed Farming in Alaska, by Alaska Sea Grant

Aquatic Farming Program, Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources

Aquatic Farming Application, Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources

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