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
Contract: WC133R10CN0221
Agency Tracking Number: 10-68
Amount: $95,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 1
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1.7
Solicitation Number: NOAA 2010-1
Small Business Information
DUNS: 831483826
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Dobbins
 President/Project Director
 (207) 409-6485
Business Contact
 Tollef Olson
Title: CEO
Phone: (207) 671-7946
Research Institution

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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