Pilot project could spur Alaskan seaweed industry

A handful of Alaska shellfish companies are participating in a seaweed pilot project which, if successful, could be the start of a new commercial seaweed industry in the state.

Julie Decker, the executive director at the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF), told Undercurrent News that Alaska currently produces only a small amount of seaweed, most of which is sent to Japan.

But as seaweed becomes more mainstream in North America, some companies have shown interest in developing the industry on a larger scale.

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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