Kelp Farming Increasing to More AK Regions
Alaskans have now applied for over 2,000 acres of new or expanding undersea farms, double the footprint from two years ago.
Nearly 60 percent of the newest applicants plan to grow kelp with the remainder growing a mix of kelp and/or shellfish.
Currently in Alaska 36 operators are producing primarily Pacific oysters in Southeast, Prince William Sound and Kachemak Bay.
It’s the faster growing seaweed, notably kelp, that has spawned wider interest, especially from regions that aren’t as hospitable to growing shellfish...
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