Project partner Lloyd Davis and Tribal Network Strategist Carson Viles work on a knot during a kelp outplanting and array deployment trip in Rocky Pass, Alaska. Photo credit: Miakah Nix
In the town of Kake, Alaska—part of the Keex’ Kwaan territory—we are part of a multi-partner effort to develop sustainable seaweed and kelp farming, leading up to a thriving mariculture industry across Southeast Alaska. Not only does regenerative ocean farming have economic and ecological benefits for the region, this work is also part of a bigger push to recognize the sovereignty of Alaska Natives to steward their lands and waters.
This project operates at multiple levels, from the local in Kake to the regional across Southeast Alaska.
Locally, we are:
At the regional level, we are:
Our approach to regenerative ocean farming is one way that economic development has been coupled with the collective push for Alaska Natives to express their sovereignty. With our partners, we share a vision for a holistic approach of reshaping the economy with a nature-based solution to climate change and resilience for future generations.
A video about our mariculture work in Southeast Alaska. Photos in the video are by Bethany S. Goodrich
A participant of Organized Village of Kake’s Youth Culture Camp harvests kelp. Photo credit: Bethany S. Goodrich
Project partner Lloyd Davis during a kelp outplanting and array deployment trip in Rocky Pass, Alaska. Photo credit: Miakah Nix
Ecotrust Project Team & Services
MiiR and Ecotrust have been in partnership since 2019, when MiiR issued the first of two grants totaling $85,000. In this blog post, learn more about Ecotrust’s work related to tribal sovereignty and coastal resource management; fisheries, agriculture, and equity; and tools to enable coastal community action.