The Alaska Mariculture Development Plan
Mariculture is defined as the enhancement, restoration, and farming of shellfish (marine invertebrates) and seaweeds (macroalgae). Finfish farming is prohibited in Alaska waters and therefore not a part of the Plan. In 2014, the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) spearheaded the Alaska Mariculture Initiative with the intention of accelerating the development of mariculture in Alaska. Hear from AFDF and industry representatives on the environmental, economic and social benefits of mariculture, along with updates on the advancement of the rapidly-growing industry – including the establishment of the Mariculture Task Force, the development of the Mariculture Map (a tool to inform mariculture siting in Alaska), and the adoption of the Alaska Mariculture Development Plan, with the goal to grow a $100 million industry in 20 years.