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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$95,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
WC133R10CN0221
Agency Tracking Number:
10-68
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.1.7SG
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Ocean Approved, LLC
188 PRESUMPSCOT ST, PORTLAND, ME, 04103
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
831483826
Principal Investigator:
Paul Dobbins
President/Project Director
(207) 409-6485
pdobbins@oceanapproved.com
Business Contact:
Tollef Olson
CEO
(207) 671-7946
tolson@oceanapproved.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract

This Phase I research effort is to design and develop “seed” nursery methodologies for development of commercial-scale production of young kelp plants, specifically Saccharina latissima (Phase I), Alaria esculenta and Laminaria digitata (Phase II). The project objectives include: (1) Establishing unialgal cultures from wild-collected material, (2) Determining the key culture conditions that control and trigger progression through life history stages, (3) Designing a scalable modular culture system appropriate for commercial production of young kelp plants, and (4) Creating a detailed outline of the protocol for culture system operations as a foundation for a Phase II project objective of transferring the technology to the educational and commercial sectors. This project is a collaborative effort between Ocean Approved, The University of Connecticut and the Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Science and Technology Education Center and supports the development of a new aquaculture sector, allowing the United States to participate in the $7 billion dollar cultivated sea vegetable market

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