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Marine Aquaculture Research Projects
Marine Aquaculture Research Projects

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Pacific Marine Pilot Projects: In 2017 PSMFC entered into an agreement with the NOAA Fisheries Office of Aquaculture to support establishing or expanding regional pilot projects for marine aquaculture for the U.S. West Coast states of Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington, as well as Hawaii and U. S. Pacific Islands. NOAA has similar agreements in place with the Gulf and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commissions.

PSMFC has been responsible for developing a request for proposals (RFP’s) and leading the selection process for qualifying projects. PSMFC administers the successful projects once they are selected. The archived RFP’s from 2018 and 2019 can be found HERE.

We have worked closely on this project with our two sister commissions (Gulf and Atlantic) and the NOAA Fisheries Office of Aquaculture.

2018 Marine Pilot RFP Selected Projects

GRANTEE PROJECT TITLE SPECIES LOCATION
DulsEnergy, Inc. Commercial Demonstration Production of Dulse Seaweed in Land- Based Systems on the Oregon Coast Dulse (Palmaria mollis)
OR
The Cultured Abalone Farm, LLC Evaluation of Two Species of Native California Seaweed for Commercial Production Feasibility Chondracanthus exasperatus and Laminaria farlowii
CA
OceansAlaska Community Demonstration Seaweed Farm Native kelp species (Bull kelp, Nereocystis luetkeana)
AK
Pacific Shellfish Institute California Sea Cucumber nursery development California Sea Cucumber (Parastichopus californicus)
WA

2019 Marine Pilot RFP Selected Projects

GRANTEE PROJECT TITLE SPECIES LOCATION
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories / San Jose State University Research Development of a rock scallop hatchery for California’s aquaculture industry Rock Scallop (Crassadoma gigantea)
CA
HoldFast Aquaculture LLC and Santa Barbara Mariculture Co. Developing locally adapted mussel varieties for aquaculture production in the Southern California Bight Mediterranean mussel  Mytilus galloprovincialis
CA
Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute Development of Sustainable Land-Based Macroalgae Culture Methods: Stand-Alone Monoculture and Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) Ogo (Gracilaria pacifica), Sea Lettuce (Ulva lactuca), and Nori (Pyropia perforate)
CA
Pacific Shellfish Institute California Sea Cucumber (Apostichopus californicus) nursery and upland growout development Sea Cucumber (Apostichopus californicus)
WA
Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation MaricultureMap – Version 2.0 – A tool to inform mariculture expansion in Alaska The proposed work in this project will enhance and expand the MaricultureMap v1.0 and transition the AHAB map into a combined operational system for Alaska that significantly shortens the time for multiple stakeholders to access siting information of potential mariculture operations.
AK
University of Washington Applying cutting-edge technology for reproductive control in emerging bivalve species Characterize genomic processes involved in primordial germ cell specification in geoducks (Panopea generosa).
WA
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