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Kodiak kelp farmers set to crush last year’s record

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2019 9:52 am

KODIAK — The largest commercial harvest of seaweed in Alaska’s history is taking place this month in Kodiak. Blue Evolution, a California-based company that cultivates, harvests and distributes Alaska-grown seaweed, is expected to haul in up to 200,000 pounds of kelp from two maritime farms in Kodiak waters over the next two weeks. 

Previous harvests have been a fraction of that size. Last year, Nicholas Mangini’s Kodiak Island Sustainable Seaweed, one of the two farms on The Rock that works with Blue Evolution, saw a kelp harvest of 42,000-44,000 pounds –– which was the largest commercial harvest of kelp in Alaska at the time. Now, as the mariculture industry grows in Alaska, Blue Evolution is also expanding.

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