Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center

The exterior of the KSMSC building

Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center

UAF’s Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center (KSMSC) is located on the Trident Basin, on Near Island in Kodiak, Alaska. KSMSC works year-round to discover better methods to harvest, preserve, process, and package Alaska’s rich ocean bounty. With a state-of-the-art seafood research and development facility, KSMSC has research kitchens, biochemistry labs and food labs with experimental seafood processing equipment researchers use to test production techniques and develop new seafood products. KSMSC staff work closely with the industry to convey research results and provide educational opportunities that help seafood workers improve efficiency and the quality of their products.


The mission of the UAF Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center is to increase the value of Alaska's fishing industry and marine resources through research, technological development, education and service.

Alaska's commercial fishing industry

Alaska accounts for more than 60% of the continental shelf area and more than half the shoreline of the entire United States. Alaska's share of wild fish harvested for human food is about 75% of the US total, worth upward of $3.0 billion annually.

Created by the Alaska Legislature in 1981, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center (originally named the Fishery Industrial Technology Center, FITC) works with the industry to develop new solutions to industry's problems. We direct our efforts in five areas: seafood harvesting technology, seafood processing technology, seafood quality and safety, contaminants, and collaborative ecosystems research.

Located in Kodiak, Alaska, at the center of Alaska's fishing industry, KSMSC is housed in a 20,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility built on Near Island in 1991.

KSMSC promotes the sustainable use of Alaska fisheries through collaborative research, application, education and information transfer in areas of:

Seafood safety

  • Safe handling and preservation techniques
  • Spoilage: factors affecting shelf life and microbial growth
  • Marine biotoxins: Harmful Algal Blooms, such as PSP and domoic acid

Seafood quality

  • Nutritional content
  • Effects of capture, handling and processing procedures
  • Effects of changing ocean conditions

Bycatch reduction

  • Gear and techniques to reduce capture of non-target species, including marine mammals

Product markets and development

  • Novel and enhanced markets for underutilized species
  • Non-consumptive uses: biodiesel, pharmaceuticals
  • Adding value through post-processing enhancement
  • Full utilization of seafood byproducts
  • Technology transfer

Environmental concerns

  • Offal discharge management
  • Energy-efficient processing
  • Competition between humans, commercial interests and protected species

Marine Advisory Program extension

More than 75% of Alaska's 731,000 residents live on the coastline. Marine Advisory Program scientists work within these communities to increase economic diversification and to conserve marine resources through access to technical assistance and training.

  • Kodiak MAP Agent:
    • Economic development in the Kodiak Region: Julie Matweyou
  • Statewide MAP Specialists:
    • Seafood Marketing: Quentin Fong
    • Seafood Technology Specialist: Chris Sannito
    • Mariculture: Melissa Good


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Research fellow helps Kodiak address harmful algal blooms

September 19, 2023

Mekia Bushell is a post-baccalaureate research fellow working with the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting Branch and is…

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Man wearing hat, glasses and mask looking at an ammonia refrigeration unit in a processing plant.

New training program in Alaska helps seafood industry meet demand for ammonia refrigeration technicians

August 14, 2023

Although Alaska is located in the far—and often frigid—north, keeping its bountiful seafood the envy of the world requires refrigeration. While both ice and fish…

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group of people smiling and holding what foods they made in the Seaweed Handling and Processing Workshop

Alaskans trained on seaweed handling and processing

July 17, 2023

To help Alaska businesses access the market potential of edible seaweed, Alaska Sea Grant led the second Seaweed Handling and Processing Workshop this spring at…

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Foundations of kelp farming: Educating the new wave of aquatic farmers

May 25, 2023

Seaweed farming is a major industry worldwide, with the United States importing more than 95%—19 million tons—of its edible seaweed. Alaska’s coast is ideal for…

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Ninth biennial Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute wraps up

May 15, 2023

The ninth Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute (ASPLI) recently concluded in Anchorage, bringing together rising stars of seafood processing to learn from industry and academic…

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Smoked Seafood School — May 2023 — Kodiak

April 3, 2023

  9:00 am–4:00 pm Alaska Time, each day This workshop is for Kodiak Island Borough residents interested in smoking and processing fish, including home fish-smoking…

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Kodiak high school students learn seafood smoking and safety

February 14, 2023

Kodiak Island Borough high school students and teachers gained hands-on experience with seafood processing and smoking, including an introduction to seafood science and safety. The…

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Alaska Seaweed Handling and Processing Workshop 2023

December 15, 2022

  This hands-on workshop will help Alaskan individuals and companies better understand what’s involved in becoming a seaweed processor. Topics covered will include those in…

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Supervisor training for seafood processors

May 23, 2022

Alaska Sea Grant and the Applied Business program at the UAF Community and Technical College are collaborating to offer leadership and supervisory skills training for…

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Alaska Seaweed Handling and Processing Workshop 2022

February 22, 2022

This three-day hands-on workshop will cover the fundamentals of starting a commercial seaweed processing business, and will take place at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine…

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KSMSC Newsletter

A quarterly publication highlighting KSMSC activities.

Kodiak Faculty
and Staff

Quentin Fong

Seafood Marketing Specialist, Kodiak

(907) 486-1516

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Melissa Good

Mariculture Specialist, Kodiak
Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center coordinator

(907) 486-1505

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Julie Matweyou

Marine Advisory Program Agent, Kodiak

(907) 486-1514

Contact Julie

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Chris Sannito

Seafood Technology Specialist, Kodiak

(907) 539-2012

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Ashley Dunker

Program and Event Coordinator, Kodiak

(907) 486-1500

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Arron Jones

Mariculture Technician, Kodiak

(907) 486-1500

Contact Arron

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