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Fisheries and seafood

Undeveloped Commercial Seafood Opportunities

Alaska's commercial fisheries are scientifically managed for sustainability under a complex relationship between state and federal fisheries scientists and managers who take their directions from federal and state boards comprised of stakeholders with extensive seafood experience. The following reports examine potential economic opportunities for selected commercial marine and anadromous species occurring in Alaska waters and presently not part of the traditionally managed commercial seafood industry - the so called “undeveloped fisheries.”

Undeveloped Commercial Fisheries Report

There are many marine plants growing naturally in Alaska’s coastal waters that can potentially be harvested in the wild or cultured on farms, and have potential to be developed as a high value product. Among these are seaweeds such as Macrocystis (giant kelp), Nereocystis (bull kelp) and Porphyra (nori). Alaska scientists have developed procedures for the successful mariculture of Macrocystis which has economic implications for the Alaska roe-on-kelp fishery. Bull kelp is very similar to wakame (Undaria pinnatifida) used in traditional Asian cooking and may have potential as a culinary substitute. Potential commercial development of this seaweed is excellent, however very little biological and economic research has been done to bring this resource to commercial levels. Stock assessment work has focused mainly on Macrocystis, Nereocystis and Porphyra because of their present value in the marine plant marketplace. More needs to be learned about the number, quantity, and types of marine plants in Alaska.

Marine Plant Report