National Fisherman


A move to develop mariculture through the creation of partnerships and strategic planning, has been announced by the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, which envisions ocean farming as a future billion dollar industry for Alaska.
 
AFDF, perhaps best known for the annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood competition, feels that the economic effect of mariculture could literally double the current value of the Alaska seafood industry in 30 years, said Julie Decker, executive director.
 
Potential partners in the project have been identified as state and federal agencies, the University of Alaska, commercial fisheries associations, seafood processors, local communities and economic development groups, she said.
 
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