By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel Writer 

Work gets started to build up seaweed, shellfish farming industry in Alaska

 

February 9, 2023



Organizers are creating programs to start using a $49 million federal grant and $15 million in matching funds to grow Alaska’s shellfish and seaweed farming industry.

The money will go toward a statewide effort, though more permit applications were filed for new or expanded farms in Southeast than in any other region 2016 through 2022, according to state statistics.

Southeast set a record last year with seven applications for seaweed and shellfish farms, Rachel Baker, deputy commissioner at the Alaska Department of Fish Game, said at last week’s Southeast Conference summit in Juneau. Those new...



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