AK Mariculture Task Force seeks advisors

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Mariculture gains momentum in AK, seeks advisors
August 3, 2016

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – As mariculture gains momentum, more advisors are needed. I’ll tell you more after this —

Mariculture Initiative by the AK Fisheries Development Foundation

Mariculture Initiative by the AK Fisheries Development Foundation

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 Plans to grow more shellfish and aquatic plans are taking shape following two meetings this summer by the Alaska Mariculture Task Force. The 11-member panel, which includes reps from the Departments of Fish and Game and Commerce, Alaska Sea Grant and 7 public members, was created by order of Governor Walker in February. Its mission is to provide a statewide strategy for expanding the burgeoning industry by March 1, 2018.

 We’re looking at shellfish and aquatic plants that are indigenous to the state of Alaska, finfish farming is off the table.  And we’re focusing on both aquatic farming, like private business, and also fishery enhancement which is more of a common property activity. So we are looking at different models to move forward, basic infrastructure and research that’s needed to really launch this industry.

Julie Decker is a task force member and director of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation. AFDF believes mariculture can be a $1 billion industry for Alaska within 30 years.

For mariculture, we have high dollar products like king crab and geoducks, abalone, sea cucumbers, sea weeds, oysters and other shellfish. There is really a lot of opportunity.

Plans for mariculture, Decker says, can follow the lead of Alaska’s successful salmon enhancement program, which the state jumpstarted years ago with a $100 million loan.

 And another wonderful success story is it’s paid for itself. It was developed as a public/private model where the state came in and helped get the infrastructure for the salmon hatcheries started and then it was taken over through private partnership nonprofit regional hatcheries. And through the taxes and cost recovery mechanisms the industry has paid the state back for those investments. And every year additional fish are in the water that produce we’re talking to the tune of $100-$300 million a year of value from those hatchery fish.

Decker says mariculture is a perfect fit with Alaska’s massive seafood industry.

I think the state it’s a different time in history and that is advantageous for us trying to move mariculture forward. People are looking at ways to diversify the economy, more seriously at development that will coexist within the state. And the state has such an extremely large seafood industry and presence that mariculture is a natural fit with our seafood industry. 

The task force wants advisors with expertise in several areas:   investment and infrastructure, regulatory, research and development, environmental impacts, public education and marketing and workforce development.

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Salmon enzyme spawns fabulous skin cream!


July 21, 2016

AquaBeutine is salmon-based skin cream

AquaBeutine is salmon-based skin cream

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch — A new salmon-based skin cream is drawing raves overseas. More on ‘aquapreneurs’ after this —

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A chance discovery by farmed salmon hatchery workers has spawned a line of skin care products that help cure disorders like eczema and also keeps skin younger looking.

Scientists in Norway became curious several years ago after it was noticed that hatchery workers who spent long hours handling salmon fry in cold seawater had softer, smoother hands. Researchers at Norway’s University of Science and Technology discovered the skin softening component came from the enzyme zonase, found in the hatching fluid of the salmon eggs. The enzyme’s task is to digest the protein structure of the tough egg shells without harming the tiny fish. The scientists hailed this dual ability as the secret behind the beneficial properties for human skin. Zonase helps dead skin flake off and stimulates the growth of healthy new skin cells. It’s also proved helpful in healing wounds.

Now, Norway-based Aqua Bio Technology, which develops marine based ingredients for the personal care industry, has relaunched the zonase infused product as Aquabeautine XL to make the name more user friendly. The product is available in Europe and Korea and other countries


Another more well known prescription for younger looking skin works from the inside out. Dr. Nicholas Perricone’s bestselling books promise that eating wild salmon for 28 days is the cure for wrinkles and provides a nutrition based face lift.
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