USDA Announced Investment Aimed to Help SE Conference

United States Department of Agriculture announced a $500,000 investment to help the regional economic development organization, the Southeast Conference, create a blueprint for a mariculture processing facility on Prince of Wales Island.

The USDA’s investment is part of an ongoing effort to help create jobs and diversify the economy in Southeast Alaska. The proposed maritime processing center will support aquatic farming of kelp, seaweed and shellfish. Co-op members will be able to handle, store, freeze, pack, process, label and load their harvest safely and cost-effectively.