Gouldsboro seaweed farmer gets $650K to develop new cultivation systems

(From Mainebiz) Springtide Seaweed will receive $650,000 in federal funding to develop new cultivation systems for nori and dulse red seaweed, allowing these high-value crops to be farmed in the U.S. and globally. The funding was awarded through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. MTI's TAP Team worked with the Gouldsboro-based company to create a successful SBIR application. Read more »

Growing Something New: How one woman is using seaweed to transform the American palate — and Maine’s oldest industry.

(From Departures) Can seaweed save the planet? Atlantic Sea Farms is doing its part by fostering an underwater, regenerative crop that reduces the acidity of local waters and absorbs significant amounts of carbon. The company has a roster of 27 partner fishermen and anticipates growing 1.2 million pounds of kelp in 2022. The Saco-based company received SBIR support from the MTI TAP team. Read more »

Soaring seaweed demand drives York County food processor to quadruple its space

(From Mainebiz) Due to increasing product demand, Saco-based Atlantic Sea Farms will be moving to a larger industrial space in Biddeford. The company's CEO, Briana Warner, rebranded Ocean Approved, Inc. as Atlantic Sea Farms and was the first commercially viable business to introduce domestic, fresh seaweed products to the marketplace. (Ocean Approved, Inc. received early SBIR support from the MTI TAP team.) Read more »

Oyster culture: newest frontier in agribusiness

(From Aquaculture North America) Located in Waldoboro, Maine Shellfish Developers is pioneering a non-coastal system to grow Eastern oysters year-round using recirculating aquaculture systems technology. The USDA supported exploration of this new frontier with two Small Business Innovation Research grants totaling $750,000. MTI was also an early backer. Read more »

Startup bluShift Aerospace launches its 1st commercial biofuel rocket from Maine

(From Space.com) The world's first commercial booster powered by biofuel was launched from Maine. The Brunswick-based startup, bluShift Aerospace launched its first rocket prototype, called Stardust 1.0, despite freezing temperatures and two false starts. In addition to team members investing their own money into the project, the company received funding from MTI and NASA. Read more »

SBA Announces Recipients of Tibbetts Awards for Demonstrating Significant Economic and Social Impact from R&D Funding

(From sbir.gov) Portland-based RockStep Solutions is one of the recipients of the 2020 Tibbetts Awards for exceptional successes achieved through SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. MTI helped them apply for SBIR funding, provided matching funding for their SBIR grants, and nominated the company for the prestigious award. Read more »

Briana Warner, Atlantic Sea Farms, Wins 2021 Leadership Award for Business Leadership

(From Specialty Food Association) CEO, Briana Warner rebranded Ocean Approved, Inc. as Atlantic Sea Farms and was the first commercially viable business to introduce domestic, fresh seaweed products to the marketplace. The Saco-based company fosters an underwater, regenerative crop that reduces the acidity of local waters and absorbs significant amounts of carbon. Ocean Approved, Inc. received SBIR support from the MTI TAP team. Read more »