The Alaska Ocean Cluster is hiring: Blue Pipeline Incubator, Manager in Seward, Alaska
The Alaska Ocean Cluster is hiring for a Manager to run the Blue Pipeline Incubator (BPI) in Seward, Alaska. This is a blended position made possible through a partnership between the Ocean Cluster, the City of Seward, the Seward Chamber of Commerce, and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). In 2019, BPI graduated its first cohort of ocean-based businesses that: 
  • Raised $1.6M
  • Filed a provisional patent for a novel ocean energy technology that won faculty invention of the year at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • Qualified as semi-finalists in the Alaska Angel competition
The BPI Manager will oversee all operations of the incubator, act as a liaison to Seward's ocean-based industries, and provide SBDC business advising services to all Seward-based business. This is an exciting position for the right candidate, with incredible growth in Seward and momentum for the Ocean Cluster's work developing Alaska's ocean economy. 
For more information click  here.


Seaweed in Alaska: A Smart Business Opportunity: Global seaweed production for food is valued at $5 billion and about $1 billion for other products produced from about 8 billion wet tons per year, with it’s value and demand expecting to triple by 2024. The growth of the seaweed industry is good for Alaska and good for the ocean as it is environmentally friendly. Besides outplanting, ensuring the seaweed is in a clean environment, and harvesting, seaweed requires relatively little attention. Seaweed farming can create a safe and healthy habitat for wild populations of young fish, crustaceans, marine mammals, and seabirds. 


Seaweed farms can also improve water quality. Many problems our oceans currently face, like ocean acidification, can be mitigated by increasing the amount of seaweed grown. The World Bank estimates that 500 million tons of seaweed absorb about 10 million tons of nitrogen and 15 million tons of phosphorus that come from agricultural fertilizers. With its amazing uptake and storage capacity, even ocean acidification caused by the ocean absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere can be mitigated by seaweed. For example, kelp takes in five times more carbon than most land-based plants. That same seaweed production of 500 million tons would consume 135 million tons of carbon.


Increasing seaweed production can support bio-mass based renewable energy. And, since it is cultivated in seawater instead of on dry land, it is a unique renewable energy solution that lessens competition for access to agriculture land and freshwater. In the United States, biomass-derived energy accounts for about five percent of the country’s energy, making biomass the largest form of renewable energy. The U.S.  Advanced Research Projects Agency estimates that, once properly scaled up to reduce costs, U.S. seaweed cultivation can reach 500 million tons of red and brown algae and provide energy levels equal more energy than 23 billion gallons of gasoline.


Seaweed-based products also include wood alternative paper products and can be used to develop a renewable source of biodegradable plastics. A biodegradable bioplastics solution can help to alleviate the many negatives associated with plastic pollution. Seaweed production can help feed the world, provide a local and renewable energy resource, create wildlife and fisheries habitat, sequester carbon, and reduce pollutants. The Alaska Mariculture Task Force estimates that Alaska could easily generate 100 million dollars plus by growing mariculture products such as bioplastics. With Alaska’s 30,000+ miles of coastline, pristine ocean conditions, and dozens of communities along the coast, growing seaweed in Alaska is a smart business opportunity.

-Craig Fleener, Executive Director, Alaska Ocean Cluster


Blue Pipeline Incubator Graduate Wins 49th State Angel Fund Pitchfest: A recent graduate of Alaska Ocean Cluster’s Blue Pipeline Incubator took home a win at this year’s 49th State Angel Fund Pitchfest. The Pitchfest, which was held during Accelerate Alaska this September, awarded Mike Irving of Alaska's Best Shellfish Best Existing Pitch. Mike is the owner and CEO of the northernmost oyster farm in the world, located in Prince William Sound, and is proud to practice advanced, environmentally-forward and sustainable mariculture methods.
"Mariculture workshop kicks off in Kodiak"
"Igiugig's Hydropower Launch a Major Step Toward Independence from Diesel"                                                                
"The Need for Blue Economy in Alaska and Northern Norway"                                                                
Strengthening International Ties...
The Alaska Ocean Cluster will attend the 2019  BioMarine Business Convention held on November 4th & 5th in Cascais, Portugal. 

Next Generation Blue Tech...
This year's Global Tech Summit, hosted by SeaAhead in NYC, was attended by Ocean Cluster representatives. Sessions featured top executives from organizations in the ocean technology sector. Participants gathered to discuss a wide range of urgent topics including the decarbonization of shipping, smart ports and urban waterfronts, advances in aquaculture, enabling technology for offshore wind, maritime cyber-security, solutions to ocean plastics, and ocean-centric approaches to combating climate change.
"Seaweed Farming Could Really Help Fight Climate Change"
"DOE Announces New Prize for Innovations in Ocean Observing Platforms" 
"Latest Awards in Bluetech Innovation"
Ocean Tuesdays Virtual Speaker Series: The Ocean Cluster's Ocean Tuesday program continues to highlight quality content and conversation in Alaska and beyond to promote the latest and greatest happening in the Ocean Economy!

Recent presenters include:
Christy Terry, Seward Port Manage with Alaska Railroad                               View Presentation
Michael Kohan, Seafood Technical Director with ASMI                                   View Presentation
Craig Fleener, Executive Director with Alaska Ocean Cluster                         View Presentation
Kevin Wheeler, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy with NOAA                             View Presentation
Riley Smith, Development Director with AFDF                                                 View Presentation

If you have missed one of these fantastic episodes, you can catch up via the  Alaska Ocean Cluster YouTube channel.

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UPCOMING EVENTS       Events highlighted in blue are Alaska Ocean Cluster events
Adapt Kodiak: A Coastal Resilliance Workshop                                               More Info
October 24-25 2019
9th Annual Ocean Exchange                                                                               More Info
October 28-30 2019
Alaska Startup Week                                                                                            More Info
November 18-24 2019
Ocean Tuesday Webinar
Tuesday Mornings
10AM -11AM (AKST)

Join us online weekly for a discussion about innovation in the blue ececonomy. Zoom link: 

A special thank you to our Ocean Tuesday sponsors for their support. For more information on our past sponsors click below.

The Liquid Grid            Bristol Bay Development Fund            North Star Group


Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute: Seafood Consumer of the Future Report
Full report here.
Powering the Blue Economy: Exploring Opportunities for Marine Renewable Energy in Maritime Markets report from U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Full report here.

The U.S. Seafood Industry and Utilization of By-Products report co-authored by Húni Jóhannesson and Thor Sigfusson, Ph.D.

Full report here.
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