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PLANNING AQUACULTURE DEVELOPMENT TO AVOID CONTROVERSY The New Alaskan Effort to Develop a Shellfish Farming Industry Ray RaLonde Marine Advisory Program.

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1 PLANNING AQUACULTURE DEVELOPMENT TO AVOID CONTROVERSY The New Alaskan Effort to Develop a Shellfish Farming Industry Ray RaLonde Marine Advisory Program University of Alaska Fairbanks Sea Grant Program School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

2 Alyeska The Great Land

3 CONSTRAINTS TO SHELLFISH FARMING IN ALASKA Negative regulatory climate High cost of doing business in rural Alaska Lack of infrastructure Slower shellfish growth (value needed) Lack of investment capital (perceived risk) Research and development hampered Poor site selection for farms Haphazard development Negative regulatory climate High cost of doing business in rural Alaska Lack of infrastructure Slower shellfish growth (value needed) Lack of investment capital (perceived risk) Research and development hampered Poor site selection for farms Haphazard development

4 WHERE ARE THE FARMS? SOUTHEASTERN ALASKA 15 FARMS PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND KODIAK ISLAND BARANOF ISLAND PRINCE OF WALES ISLAND Kachemak Bay Seward SOUTHCENTRAL ALASKA 41 FARMS ALASKA

5 PRODUCTION OF ALASKAN OYSTERS Number

6 DEVELOPING COMMUNITY PARTNERS n n Doing the homework – –What are the local circumstances? n n Visitations to talk – –Always have an invitation n n The presentation – –Just the facts n n The community response n n Making the decision – –Act or not?

7 THE HOMEWORK THE HOMEWORK People Impact UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research

8 ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES Alaska -2% (total change) Anchorage-1% Mat Su Borough +2% Rest of coastal AK -5% Kodiak Island -15% Ketchikan Borough -2% Per Capita Income

9 JUST THE FACTS Global Seafood Production

10 SHELLFISH FARMING

11 WHAT IS HAPPENING IN ALASKA? WHAT IS HAPPENING IN ALASKA? Oyster Broodstock Growout research Education and Training Tidelands Leasing Shellfish Hatchery

12 SEED “SPAT” Cockles Goeduck Scallop Clam Oysters

13 (as a percentage of gross annual revenue) Local Economy (Prince of Wales Island) 53% Region (Southeast, including POW) 74% State Treasury (lease fees, taxes, licensing) 3.5% Alaska 96.5% Source: Based upon 2001 expenditures of Tenass Pass Shellfish Company, an oyster and clam farm located on Prince of Wales Island WHERE ALASKA’S AQUATIC FARM DOLLARS GO?

14 $20,000 gross revenues per acre for Alaska oyster [ Based upon performance of 6-acre S.E. and 1-acre Kachemak Bay farms over a five-year period. ] At this rate, Alaska would require only 5,000 acres of coastline to create a $100 million industry! ECONOMIC IMPACT

15 Services (Fuel, groceries, supplies, welding, outboards, etc.) Shellfish Nurseries ($13,000 net profit/million seed) Processing (Provides year-round flow of product) Air Service (My farm backhauls 900-1,800 lbs/week) Revenue Sharing (Farms pay Fisheries Business Tax) Employment (My farm employs 4 on a year-round basis) ECONOMIC SPIN-OFFS OF SHELLFISH FARMS ECONOMIC SPIN-OFFS OF SHELLFISH FARMS

16 THE RESPONSE n n No way – Not here (Sitka) n n No response (Hydaburg) n n “We want aquaculture and we want it here!” (Thorne Bay)

17 AQUACULTURE ZONING A local initiative with outside help n Inventory the potential n Prevent environmental damage n Assess resource users n Eliminate surprises n Control cumulative impact n Ease permit application and review n Enable success of the farmer n Develop cooperative relationships n Allow for quick growth

18 PARTNERSHIPS ARE ESSENTIAL PARTNERSHIPS ARE ESSENTIAL –Florida model (Local leading) »State and federal agencies n DGC, ADF&G, DNR, DEC, USFS, COE »Local governments, citizens, businesses, communities »University of Alaska (UAF, UAS, UAA) »Aquaculture industry n ASGA, Qutekcak hatchery »Southeast Conference »Alaska Science and Technology Foundation WHO DOES THE PLAN?

19 PRINCE OF WALES ISLAND SITE SURVEYS (1) - N: W: (Kaguk Cove) (2) - N: W: (Salt Lake Bay) (3) - N: W: (Nossuk Bay) (3) - N: W: (Nossuk Bay) (4) - N: W: (Warm Chuck Bay (5) - N: W: (Warm Chuck Bay) (6) - GPS Down - (NE corner of Heceta Island) (7) - GPS Down - (SW Tuxekan,.) (8) - GPS Down - (Western Tuxekan Island) (9) - (POW shore of Tuxekan Passage) (10) - N: W: (near Salt Lake Bay) (11) - N: W: (Tuxekan - Yahku Cove) (12) - N: W: (Nundei Cove ) (13) - (Winter Harbor - POW) (14) - N: W: (South of Winter Harbor) (15) - N: W: (Tonowek Narrows) 18 (16) - N: W: (17) - N: W: (18) – N:55 o W: 133 o

20 PRINCE OF WALES ISLAND SITE NOMINATIONS

21 THE WORD SPREAD n n State Legislature n n House Bill 208 n n Funding n n Community interest – –Ketchikan, Metalkatla, Wrangell n n Project expansion n n State Legislature n n House Bill 208 n n Funding n n Community interest – –Ketchikan, Metalkatla, Wrangell n n Project expansion

22 THE EXPANSION n n 105 sites nominated n n Over 10,000 acres n n Active site review sessions n n Nine month review n n Leases in January 2004 n n Government commitment n n Partnerships are solid and spreading

23 WRANGELL AREA SITE NOMINATIONS WRANGELL AREA SITE NOMINATIONS

24 Carrol InletKetchikanOysters and Scallop Cholmondeley SoundPrince of WalesOysters and Scallop South shore Kasaan BayPrince of WalesOysters and Scallop8006 Gravina Island S.W. ShoreKetchikanOysters and Scallop Johnson CovePrince of WalesOysters and Scallop3214 Niblack InletPrince of WalesOysters and Scallop Pond CoveDuke IslandOysters and Scallop South Duke IslandDuke IslandOysters and Scallop Giants HeadPrince of WalesOysters and Scallop1163 Traitors CoveKetchikanOysters and Scallop Kendrick Bay (West)Prince of WalesOysters and Scallop Kendrick Bay (East)Prince of WalesOysters and Scallop Gardner BayPrince of WalesOysters and Scallop Vixen BayKetchikanOysters and Scallop Helm BayKetchikanOysters and Scallop6894 Revillagigedo Canal (Coho Cove area)KetchikanGeoduck clam110 Revillagigedo Canal (Lucky Cove area)KetchikanGeoduck clam225 Revillagigedo Canal (Sykea Cove area)KetchikanGeoduck clam 935 Total18 Locations Ketchikan Area Aquatic Farm Nominations LocationDistrictSpeciesAcreageFarm Sites Lower Behm CanalKetchikanGeoduck clam294

25 CURRENT AND FUTURE INITIATIVES Funded ($525,000-1,000,000+) n Scallop culture field research (Sea Grant) n Cockle and geoduck slam culture research n Southeast Alaska Aquaculture program (CES, UAF/PRF, Sea Grant) program (CES, UAF/PRF, Sea Grant) n Shellfish marketing study USDA/CREES n University of Alaska aquaculture program n Annette Island Aquaculture Development


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