Seaweed Handling and Processing: Guidelines for Alaska

Seaweed Handling and Processing: Guidelines for Alaska

Melissa Good, Lexa Meyer and Chris Sannito

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Seaweed farming is a significant and growing industry worldwide, driven by demand for seaweeds, especially kelp, for food, medicinal products, additives, and bioremediation. While seaweeds are highly nutritious and gaining traction in the domestic market, the United States imports more than 95% (19 million tons) of edible seaweeds. Alaska has an ideal environment for mariculture—the enhancement, aquatic farming, or restoration of shellfish and seaweed—to meet more of the domestic and international demand.

The Seaweed Handling and Processing Guidelines for Alaska is designed to help individuals and companies better understand what’s involved as they decide whether to enter the seaweed processing industry, and to provide some industry standards in the manufacturing or processing of kelp.

In this guidance document you will find:
• Introduction to seaweed and the industry
• Considerations for entering the seaweed processing industry
• Rules and regulations
• Processing facilities
• Labeling
• Hazards
• Harvest to dock handling
• Primary processing
• Business planning

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