Alaska's Bounty

Bull Kelp

You’re probably thinking, kelp? Like, seaweed? Yes!

Harvested from Alaska’s pristine and icy waters, bull kelp, or Nereocystis luetkeana, is one of the most common seaweeds along our coastline. It’s snappy, salty and savory, with a crisp bite.

Bull kelp grows annually, from spore to mature plant in a single year. As it grows, it attaches to the ocean floor via a “holdfast”—a root-like growth that clings to rocks or other anchorages. From there, the stalk can grow up to 80 feet, with a floating bulb at the surface.

Bull kelp forests create vital habitat for fish, sea urchins and starfish. Sea otters often wrap kelp strands around their bodies to secure them during rough weather.

Sustainable Harvest

Because kelp is essential to our ocean ecosystem, we are careful and deliberate about what we harvest from the wild. We currently harvest kelp at sustainable levels using a wild harvest permit. We are careful to pick the locations where we harvest in order to have the least impact on the resource, including harvesting from different kelp beds in order to make sure we don’t take too much from a single area. Alaska’s farmed seaweed industry is starting to grow and we look forward to making use of sustainably farmed seaweed in the years to come.