Posts by Alaska Sea Grant

Seeking input from Alaskans concerned about abalone

Pinto abalone underwater

Ashley Bolwerk contributed to this story Alaska has only one species of abalone, which goes by many names: Northern abalone, Pinto abalone, Gunxaa, and Gúlaa. Abalone are relatives of snails and limpets, and they eat kelp and other seaweeds. They are found in limited areas of Southeast Alaska’s outer coast, from Chichagof Island at the…

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Public comments sought for Tribal Consultation Handbook

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NOAA is updating its existing policies and guidance documents for consultation with federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native Corporations, and best practices for engaging and incorporating Traditional Ecological Knowledge in decision-making. Two documents, the NOAA Tribal Consultation Handbook 2021 and the Traditional Knowledge in Decision Making are posted online and open for comments.  Alaska…

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Call for hosts and fellows: Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship

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Alaska Sea Grant invites Alaska-based organizations to host 2022 Alaska Sea Grant State Fellows for one year starting next summer. We are also inviting graduate students to apply to the fellowship program. The Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship builds and strengthens Alaska’s future marine and coastal resource management workforce by encouraging enthusiastic, bright new professionals…

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State Fellow spotlight: Noelle Helder

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Jesse Gordon contributed to this story. This past summer, Noelle Helder was selected as an Alaska Sea Grant State Fellow and matched with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. ACEP is a research group that uses applied research to address statewide energy challenges. Noelle is using her…

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State Fellow spotlight: Tav Ammu

Tav Ammu

Jesse Gordon contributed to this story. Tav Ammu grew up commercial fishing in Dillingham. After completing a B.A. in English literature in 2007 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, he explored the world and a variety of professions. He taught English in France and Turkey, and volunteered with the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan. He also…

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Applications open for Knauss Fellowship

The John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship is a competitive paid professional opportunity for graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources, and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. Alaska Sea Grant nominates graduate students from Alaska schools who are interested in the fellowship. Named after a Sea…

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Support Alaska Sea Grant on Giving Day

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The second annual UA Giving Day takes place over 49 hours from November 9–10. Show your support for the University of Alaska by participating in this statewide campaign and making a gift to Alaska Sea Grant. Alaska Sea Grant projects enhance and sustain Alaska’s healthy coastal resources, strong economies and vibrant communities through applied research,…

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Student interns from Kake contribute to local climate change studies

Elizabeth Figus, PhD, contributed to this story. During the summer of 2021, two students from Kake participated in Alaska Sea Grant’s Community Engaged Internship (CEI). The internship is designed for undergraduate students from underrepresented and Indigenous communities, with the goal to engage students in place-based projects that respect and integrate local ways of knowing. Simon…

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State Fellow spotlight: Ashley Bolwerk

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Jesse Gordon contributed to this story. Ashley Bolwerk describes her professional path as one that has “meandered between science and education.” After spending six years working for the Sitka Sound Science Center as education manager and contributing to various research projects, Bolwerk decided that she wanted to focus on a science-driven career. She hopes to…

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There are 90 harbors in Alaska. How clean is yours?

Boats docked in harbor in Seward, Alaska.

Tav Ammu, Alaska Sea Grant State Fellow, contributed to this story. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) and Alaska Sea Grant are asking Alaskan boaters, harbor users, and community members to participate in a survey aimed at improving pollution prevention in Alaska’s marine environment. Since 2010, the Alaska Clean Harbors program has sought to…

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