SSP Mariculture Training

SSP Kelp and Oyster Farming Workshop Resources

AFDF thanks all partners who helped put on the 2021 Sustainable Southeast Partnership Kelp & Oyster Farming Workshop! Specifically, a big thank you goes out to Sustainable Southeast Partnership, Spruce Root, Ecotrust, Native American Agricultural Fund, GreenWave, Alaska Sea Grant, NOAA, AMSEA, ADF&G, ADNR, DCCED, mariculture farmers and enthusiasts across Alaska. Most importantly, we thank all participants, we couldn’t have done it without you!

The goal of the program is to provide tools and training for Alaska Natives in Southeast Alaska interested in starting kelp, oyster, or multi-species ocean farms in Alaska. AFDF are partners are continually looking for opportunities to expand the reach and effectiveness of mariculture trainings in Alaska, please stay tuned!

For now, please see below link with Alaska mariculture resources, including many useful handouts, publications, links and presentations from our 2020 and 2021 mariculture workshops. This is an amazing resource for any interested mariculture farmer in Alaska!

2020 & 2021 Alaska Mariculture Trainings Resource Folder

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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