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Algae Cultivation Extension Short-course (ACES) Part 1: Macroalgae

About ACES Part 1: Macroalgae

The Algal Cultivation Extension Short-course (ACES) is the extension/outreach component of the Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC). ACES is divided into two components: macroalgae and microalgae.

This first component of ACES covers macroalgae (seaweed) and is designed for those already in the aquaculture/shellfish industry seeking to learn the basic skills to grow these aquatic plants. The culture of macroalgae and/or seaweeds is an industry that is expanding rapidly in the New England and the Pacific Northwest, as well as around the world. Recent shifts in commercial aquaculture offer fishermen and lobstermen the opportunity to grow seaweed during the winter when the fisheries are shut down. ACES is an on-line curriculum that covers both the U.S. perspective as well as inclusion of seaweed culture around the world.

Both sections of ACES are planning on hands-on labs at various times during the year for students to travel to Santa Fe, Maine, or potentially other places to see how this is all done in the real world.

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The Algae Foundation and ATEC would like to thank the ACES development team for their tireless efforts.

Gef Flimlin
Professor Emeritus, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Director of ACES program

Ondine Frauenglass
Interim Director: Innovation Center
Santa Fe Community College

Stephen M Gómez, Ph.D.
Chair: Advanced Technologies and Sustainability Department
Lead Faculty: Water/Wastewater Operations, Algae Cultivation
Santa Fe Community College

Ira Levine, Ph.D.
Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
University of Southern Maine.

Charles Yarish, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut

ACES Course Content

Part 1: Macroalgae

    • Chapter 1

      Introduction to ACES, seaweeds, and aquaculture

      Chapter 2

      Seaweed in New England, cultivation of gracilaria, and cultivation of kappaphycus and eucheuma

      Chapter 3

      Seaweed lab culture, introduction to sugar kelp and alaria nursery methods, and seaweed farming

      Chapter 4

      Seaweed farms around the world: France, Belize, Zanibar, Okinawa, and Netherlands

      Chapter 5

      Interviews, lectures and webinars on seaweed in New England, seaweed farming, cultivation of seaweeds in Northeast Ameria, and kelping the sea

      Chapter 6

      Seaweed farming techniques: setting up seaweed lines, outplanting and pulling seaweed lines, harvesting kelp, and drying seaweed

      Chapter 7

      Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture, sustainable aquaculture, seaweed business, getting started in shellfish and seaweed aquaculture, and permitting of seaweed

      Chapter 8

      TED Talks on Vertical Ocean Farming, Aquaculture, and Seaweed Food

      Chapter 9

      Library of supplemental readings on seaweed culture, seaweed cultivation, kelp farming, seaweed farming, macroalgae cultivation, integrated mariculture, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture, and the seaweed industry

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