First Annual Alaskan Oyster Festival a Big Success
Haa Aani, LLC event showcasing Southeast mariculture program
Haa Aani, LLC (HAL) hosted the first annual Alaskan Oyster Festival June 7-9, 2012. The festival was an opportunity to showcase the work of HAL in the Southeast region. HAL was established to support, sustain and grow the region’s economy. HAL is currently focused on mariculture, construction aggregates, renewable energy, fisheries revitalization and most recently the Community Financial Development Institution.
Mariculture work under HAL includes partnerships with farmers and producers in Yakutat, Kake, Angoon and Hydaburg Cooperative Association (HCA). HCA and HAL will be working together on a super FLUPSY that will supply seed to the famers and producers. FLUPSY stands for floating upweller system. Having a super FLUPSY will spur growth of the industry in Southeast. HAL believes this effort will transition into a new economy for the region.
The first annual Alaskan Oyster Festival provided many opportunities to showcase that the growth is a region-wide effort. Many entities are involved with HAL and mariculture including tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, village corporations, state and federal leaders and Sealaska. Governor Sean Parnell kicked off the event by signing into law HB.121 creating a revolving loan fund for entrepreneurs who want to start a shellfish farm.