AFDF contracted with McKinley Research Group to assess the suitability of six coastal Alaska communities as locations for seaweed processing facilities. This research was conducted to assist companies interested in operating in Alaska. The report provides a broad base of information about the advantages and disadvantages of each community. The public availability of this information is intended to lower the research costs of operating in Alaska, with an understanding that any specific seaweed processor will have additional information needs based on the particulars of their business model. The six study communities were evaluated based on three broad categories: availability of seaweed supply, costs of doing business, and partnership opportunities.