SSP Mariculture Training

Sustainable Southeast Partnership Kelp and Oyster Farming Workshop March 18-20, 2021

Spruce Root, Sustainable Southeast Partnership (SSP), Ecotrust, GreenWave, the Organized Village of Kake (OVK) and the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) are pleased to announce the 2021 Sustainable Southeast Partnership Kelp and Oyster Farming Workshop. The Workshop will provide tools and training for Alaska Natives in Southeast Alaska interested in starting kelp, oyster, or multi-species ocean farms. The multi-day program, which will take place over Zoom, will start on Thursday evening, March 18 and conclude on Saturday, March 20.

Topics covered will include an overview of kelp and oyster harvest and cultivation, and field identification of seaweed species; logistics of collecting, growing, and purchasing seed; farm site evaluation and planning, leasing, and permitting; farm design and build out; harvesting and processing techniques, and quality handling; business planning and farm financing; and other topics. Information and instruction will be provided by GreenWave, Alaska Sea Grant, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, Spruce Root, The Native Conservancy, and others.

The program is free, but space is limited to 24 participants––selected through an application process. Project partners at Spruce Root will review applications and select participants based on the thoughtfulness of responses to application questions. The application period closes on February 19. The application for the program is available on the Spruce Root website.


Selected applicants will be notified by February 26, 2021. All interested Southeast Alaska residents are invited to apply, however, priority will be given to Southeast Alaska Native residents.

Participants will need access to the internet and a computer, tablet, or smartphone in order to participate in the sessions and view presentations and panel discussions.

Following the workshop, participants may be eligible for one-on-one mentoring and, pending safety and travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in farm tours and other hands-on activities at a later date. Participants will be expected to attend and complete the workshop to be eligible for mentoring and hands-on activities.

Materials, final workshop times, and other workshop information will be distributed to selected participants prior to the technical workshops.


February 19, 2021 – Application due
February 26, 2021 – Selected applicants notified
March 18-20, 2021 – Workshop (Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday day-long sessions)


If you have questions about this program, you can contact Aaron Ferguson or Lindsay Olsen.

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