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Development of Native Kelp Culture System Technologies to Support Sea Vegetable Aquaculture in New England Coastal Waters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC133R-10-CN-0221
Agency Tracking Number: 10-68
Amount: $300,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1.7
Solicitation Number: NOAA 2010-1
Solicitation Year: 1
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-09-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2013-09-18
Small Business Information
188 Presumpscot Street
Portland, ME 04103-5206
United States
DUNS: 831483826
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Paul Dobbins
 (207) 409-6485
Business Contact
 Tollef Olsen
Title: CEO
Phone: (207) 671-7946
Research Institution

This Phase II research expands Phase I research on Saccharina latissima and is to design and develop “seed” nursery methodologies for the development of commercial-scale production of juvenile kelp plants including Alaria esculenta and Laminaria digitata.
The project objectives include:
1. Isolate and maintain cultures of New England species of Alaria esculenta and laminaria digitata to be used as “seed stock” for the production of juvenile plants.
2. Identify and develop the highest yield strains of Saccharina latissima, Alaria esculenta and Laminaria digitata.
3. Develop efficient, cost effective, and scalable production, transport, grow-out, and harvest methodologies with sufficient simplicity to accommodate participation of a medium skilled workforce.
4. Create a detailed protocol for culture maintenance and production of young kelp plants to facilitate transfer of the technology to other commercial entities and educational institutions.

This project is a collaborative effort between Ocean Approved, the University of Connecticut, and the Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Science Technology Education Center, and supports the development of a new aquaculture sector, allowing the United States to participate in the US$7 billion dollar cultivated sea vegetable market.

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