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Alaska's fledgling commercial seaweed industry grows


Added 05-19-19 09:04:02pm EST - “Alaska's fledgling commercial seaweed industry is growing, with producers excited about this year's harvest.” - Foxbusiness.com

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Alaska's fledgling commercial seaweed industry is growing, with producers excited about this year's harvest.

There were no commercial seaweed farmers in Alaska five years ago, though there have long been subsistence seaweed harvests along Alaska coasts. Now, there are 16 aquatic farming operations permitted to culture species of seaweed in the state, said Cynthia Pring-Ham, the aquatic farming coordinator for the Commercial Fisheries Division of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Ten of those operations have permits to grow seaweed plus oysters and other shellfish, while six have seaweed-only permits, she said.

According to the World Aquaculture Society, seaweed is a $6 billion business worldwide. Most seaweed is harvested in Korea, Japan and China, dried and used for seasoning.

Blue Evolution, a California-based company at the fore of the developing Alaska's industry, has worked with researchers at the University of Alaska Southeast on ways to farm kelp commercially rather than harvest wild kelp beds, reports the Anchorage Daily News.

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