Premium Aquatics, a mariculture development company, will be developing a 127 acre kelp and shellfish (oyster) farm located 6 miles south of Craig, Alaska. Craig is the largest city on Prince of Wales Island, the 4th largest island in the United States with nearly 1,000 miles of coastline and encompasses nearly 2,500 square miles. Premium Aquatics is the parent company of Seagrove Kelp Co. which will be the brand for the sale of the kelp that it will grow, starting this year.
The first phase will be to build out the kelp nursery and seed out 100 acres of kelp in 2019. The kelp nursery is being developed with OceansAlaska at their facility at George Inlet, located south of Ketchikan.
Kelp farming in Alaska means growing species that are in the area. Saccharina latissima (sugar kelp), Alaria marginata (ribbon kelp) and Nereocystis luetkeana (bull kelp) grow vigorously in the area and are species they would like to farm. The first crop will be harvested in April and May of 2020. If the production is what is hoped, it could reach 1,000,000 pounds of kelp in the new year.
The hope is that it will provide sustainably grown, renewable and environmentally friendly raw material for a variety of uses, in particular, for entrepreneurs that would like raw material to make any number of products. Seagrove Kelp welcomes folks that would like to discuss sourcing kelp for their products to connect with them.
Following this project, the next phases will be adding commercial scale oyster, additional kelp species, mussel, and giant Red Sea cucumber sites to the operation.
For more information see: www.seagrovekelp.com