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Start-up training offered in Alaska as interest grows in seaweed farming by Margaret Bauman December 29,2020   |  Source: The Cordova Times

Growing interest in farming seaweed commercially as part of the state’s developing ocean economy has prompted a second round of training opportunity for those interested in starting their own seafood farm in Alaska.

Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation and partners are accepting applications through Feb. 1 on the Alaska Sea Grant website,, seeking a new cohort of participants for virtual format training for over 100 people in 2021. The goal of the program is to provide tools and training necessary for Alaskans to own and operate their own seafood farm. The program is targeted towards commercial fishermen, Alaska Natives and fishing communities, AFDF officials said.

It will include an online webinar on Feb. 2, a series of virtual technical multi-day workshops over one week beginning on Feb. 22, one-on-one mentoring for high-performance participants, and potential in-person hands-on field training in the spring and summer of 2021, depending on the status of the global novel coronavirus pandemic.

This past year AFDF conducted the program in Kodiak, Ketchikan and Sitka as part of Phase 2 of the Alaska Mariculture Initiative, but due to the pandemic virtual training has been introduced, for health and safety reasons. The virtual format will allow


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