Alaskan Seaweed Production Beginning to Boom

 Seagriculture EU 2024

A​laskan seaweed production is coming on strong, growing dramatically from nearly nothing in 2017 to almost 900,000 pounds in 2022, according to a new status report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Applications for Alaska mariculture permits averaged about six per year from 2014 to 2018 but increased to about 14 a year from 2019 to 2023.

In this video, produced by Alaska Public Media in partnership with PBS Digital Studios, and Seagrove Kelp Co. in Craig, Alaska, we visit with Marco Scheer, the CEO and founder of Seagrove. “I started the company in 2016 as an opportunity to build something in Alaska that had the potential to provide sustainable economic opportunities for coastal Alaskans long after I’m retired.” 

Says Dune Lankard, Executive Director of the Nature Conservancy, “As amazing and incredible as this kelp space could be and should be for our oceans, this is the opportunity to create a new regenerative economy based on conservation and restoration.”

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