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Department of Estuarine and Ocean Sciences Graduate Weekly Seminar - Zach Moscicki

When: Wednesday, February 15, 2023
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Description: The School for Marine Science and Technology
Department of Estuarine and Ocean Sciences
Weekly Seminar Announcement

“Farming Kelp at Exposed Sites: Insights from the Engineering and Observation of an Experimental Kelp Farm Deployed in Saco Bay, Maine”

Zach Moscicki
PhD Candidate
University of New Hampshire

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
SMAST East, Rooms 101/102
New Bedford, MA

This talk will focus on the engineering, deployment, operation, observation, and performance of a pilot scale kelp farm deployed at an exposed location in Saco Bay, Maine. With funding from the US Department of Energy and the goal of designing a system for low cost and large-scale production of macroalgae in offshore conditions, advanced analysis techniques were applied towards the design of a novel modular mooring system for offshore kelp farms. The design incorporated novel components and materials to improve economic efficiency and reduce risk of marine mammal entanglement. A pilot scale version of that system was assembled, deployed in 2021, and planted with kelp and observed for performance through the 2022 kelp season. The field test yielded extensive data providing insights into the performance of the structure, and potential improvements for future iterations.
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