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Developing and Improving Commercial Marine Algal Culture in the United States

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC-133R-15-CN-0091
Agency Tracking Number: 14-2-046
Amount: $399,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.1.1F
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-08-21
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-08-21
Small Business Information
256 Lower Round Pond Road, Bristol, ME, 04539-3214
DUNS: 079260777
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Peter Arnold
 Project Manager
 (207) 406-0237
 parnold@gmail.com
Business Contact
 Peter  Fischer
Title: Managing Partner
Phone: (207) 380-6478
Email: mainefreshseafarms@gmail.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Maine Fresh Sea Farms (MFSF) will build a multi-species, multi-season prototype farm with the goal of having crops of fresh sea vegetables available throughout the year. What isn’t utilized fresh will be dried for longer-term storage and used in other products. Our team will gather data on water quality, nutrients, light levels, and hydrodynamics to assemble profiles of key parameters that determine optimum algal growth and evaluate factors that will be important for growing high quality sea vegetables. In addition to moving forward on the science of sea farming, we will build the necessary technology and expertise in handling, processing, and marketing to assure a clear path to commercialization. MFSF will continue our emphasis on sales of fresh sea vegetable to local and regional markets and more fully research these markets to identify all possible buyers and users. The results of this work will be requisite for the establishment of other farms.

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