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Alaska Sea Grant News

2018 update on kelp mariculture in Alaska

April 13, 2018

There are many great reasons for pursuing seaweed culture in Alaska—there is a huge space for it, Alaska has diverse species of seaweed and a fleet of vessels is available for harvest and transport. At Ocean Tuesday, a weekly forum for promoting Alaska’s maritime economy, Annie Thomson and Tamsen Peeples talked about their research on kelp mariculture in Alaska.

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Bristol Bay residents learn to advocate for fisheries issues

April 12, 2018

A course called “Fisheries and the Legislative Process” is teaching Alaskans from the Bristol Bay region how to be advocates in the state capital. Each January a group of Bristol Bay students of all ages travels to Juneau for a week, where they learn the lawmaking process and how decisions are made that affect their communities.

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New technology could boost surimi profits and cut waste

April 6, 2018

Tyre Lanier has spent four decades becoming an expert in surimi, or what some call “fake crab.” The North Carolina professor knows practically everything there is to know about surimi, a gelatinous fish product he jokingly calls the “hot dog of the sea.” In Alaska, surimi is no laughing matter. In 2016, seven onshore plants…

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Regional conference on sharing science and knowledge held in Nome

April 5, 2018

Organizers of the 11th Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference say turnout and quality of presentations this year were outstanding. Held in Nome March 28-30, the conference drew more than 130 people from Alaska, the Bering Strait region, and beyond.

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