Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The U. S. Department of Agriculture plans to award $500,000 to the Southeast Conference to create a blueprint for a mariculture processing facility on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska.
That word came in an email from the department Wednesday to say the announcement will be made Thursday morning.
The email explains that the investment is part of an ongoing effort to help create jobs and diversify the region's economy.
The department explains that the proposed facility will support aquatic farming of kelp, seaweed, and shellfish. It adds that co-op members will be able to handle, store, freeze, pack, process, label, and load their harvest safely and cost-effectively.