Alaska Sea Grant hires new Dillingham agent

Alaska Sea Grant announces Tav Ammu as the newest Marine Advisory Program extension agent. Tav will be based in Dillingham at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Bristol Bay Campus starting in August 2022.

Tav Ammu
Photo courtesy Tav Ammu.

“Alaska Sea Grant is committed to outreach, education, and extension in Bristol Bay communities” said Alaska Sea Grant director, Ginny Eckert. “Our first Bristol Bay agent started in 1982. Tav will continue the excellent work of this program and bring new energy and ideas.”

Tav is currently an Alaska Sea Grant State Fellow, working with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to better understand and communicate about local harbor pollution. Tav will start his new position with Alaska Sea Grant in the fall, after completing his fellowship and the summer commercial fishing season.

“This position is very important for our community,” said Wanda Wahl, director of the UAF Bristol Bay Campus. “I am looking forward to working with Tav to support Alaska Sea Grant’s ongoing delivery of marine safety, business education and other outreach offerings.”

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Tav Ammu with Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program agents Julie Matweyou and Gabe Dunham at the 2021 Pacific Marine Expo. Photo courtesy Gabe Dunham.

In his new role, Tav will deliver classes, share expertise in support of the Bristol Bay region and connect with stakeholders to identify priority needs when he starts this new position. 

As a commercial fisherman who grew up in Dillingham and Aleknagik, Tav has experience in the community. “I’m very excited to be serving in this role, offering support through programs like the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit and the Crew Class, as well as identifying new training opportunities and needs.”