UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS

Archive for 2018

Study: Alaska fishermen suffer high rate of health problems

Alaska salmon fishermen have a significantly higher rate of health problems than the general population, according to a new study conducted by the University of Washington School of Public Health in partnership with Alaska Sea Grant. The health issues include noise-induced hearing loss, upper extremity disorders and fatigue possibly associated with sleep apnea.

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Alaskans report uptick in potential shark-related injuries

Something new is happening in the cold waters of northern and western Alaska. Unusual injuries such as bite marks and flipper amputations are showing up on seals in the Bering Strait, Chukchi Sea and Beaufort Sea regions. Ice-associated seals and Steller sea lions in particular appear to be in contact with a typically uncommon predator…

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Fishermen learn safety drills to head off disasters at sea

Commercial fishing is one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States with a fatality rate 29 times higher than the national average. To head off disasters for the 2018 commercial fishing season Julie Matweyou and Art Schultz trained 30 commercial fishermen to conduct marine safety drills in Kodiak last month.

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Alaskan receives Digital Coast fellowship

A graduate student from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Natural Science and Mathematics, has won a prestigious fellowship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA.) Richard Buzard, who is working on his doctoral studies in Geoscience, with Assistant Professor of Coastal Geography Chris Maio, has been named a NOAA Digital Coast Fellow.…

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