Could Mariculture Morph Into A Billion-Dollar Industry For Alaska?

Shellfish, sea cucumbers, geoduck clams, seaweeds and biofuels are crops envisioned by a group of Alaskans crafting a framework for a statewide mariculture industry expansion.

An 11-member task force created last February by Gov. Bill Walker is working towards putting a comprehensive report on Walker's desk by next March. The group, which has been meeting regularly, also has attracted interest from Alaskans who want to serve on advisory committees.

Those include research and development, the environment, regulatory issues, investment and infrastructure, workforce development and public education and marketing.

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