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MaricultureMap - Development of a GIS Tool to Inform Mariculture Expansion in Alaska


Julie Decker
Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation
Allison RiceMarine Advisory Program
University of Alaska Fairbanks


Development of mariculture in Alaska has been restricted to date by a lack of information needed to assess the profitability of mariculture investments, which depends upon key environmental and social variables. This project will define and prioritize parameters important to mariculture development, identify existing data sets related to these parameters, and collect, analyze/process and layer existing data into a GIS tool which can be used by investors and regulators to better inform and focus investment in mariculture development in Alaska.


Research collaborators

Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation
Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association
Maine Shellfish Research and Development
NOAA – Juneau office
National Ocean Service
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
The Nature Conservancy
University of Maine