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Posts by Paula Dobbyn

Juneau company makes waves with kelp

Wild salmon, king crab and halibut are hallmarks of Alaska cuisine. But another ocean product is increasingly making it way onto store shelves and dinner plates. It’s a sea vegetable called bull kelp—a salty, crisp plant packed with vitamins and nutrients such as calcium, iodine and iron. A small but growing company in Alaska’s state…

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Water samples detect low levels of Fukushima-related contamination

A slightly elevated level of radioactive contamination connected to the Fukushima nuclear disaster has been detected in the northern Bering Sea. The level of cesium-137, a radioactive isotope, is extremely low and not considered a health concern, according to state epidemiologists. The sampling, conducted by residents of Saint Lawrence Island, documents the Fukushima plume’s northern…

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Kodiak agent works with tribes to keep residents safe from PSP

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Paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) is a significant concern in Alaska, where many residents harvest clams, mussels and other bivalves for food and recreation. PSP is of particular concern in the Kodiak region, where it is prevalent. Since 2012, Julie Matweyou, a Marine Advisory agent with Alaska Sea Grant, has been working with the communities of…

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Marilyn Sigman honored for marine science outreach

Kudos to our marine education specialist Marilyn Sigman, who recently took home an Alaska Ocean Leadership Award at the Alaska Marine Gala in Anchorage. The award program is run by the Alaska SeaLife Center and covers five categories. Sigman won for marine science outreach, awarded to “a person, team or organization that has made an…

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“Now I do a lot of delegating”

Sam Nothstine is an expediter at Kwik’pak Fisheries in Emmonak, a western Alaska village at the mouth of the Yukon River. His job involves seafood quality control, shipping, administration, safety and other aspects of the business. Nothstine stays busy in the winter working at an outdoor gear store in Anchorage. Originally from Emmonak, Nothstine loves…

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Science talks go live on Facebook

(This is a guest column by Scott Pegau, research director, Oil Spill Recovery Institute) Since 1999, Alaska Sea Grant and the Prince William Sound Science Center have hosted a weekly lecture series in Cordova called “Tuesday Talks.” These winter talks feature speakers from government agencies, tribal groups, nonprofit organizations, and research institutes along with other…

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Deadlines approach for Sea Grant fellowships

Several fellowship deadlines are coming up for graduate students or recent grads whose focus is marine science or policy The John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship is accepting applications until Feb. 22, 2019. Since 1979, the Knauss Fellowship has placed early professionals in executive and legislative government offices in the Washington, D.C., area for a…

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Longtime Cordova agent poised to leave

After 15 years with the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, our Cordova agent will be leaving us at month’s end. Torie Baker is resigning her post to turn her attention to family in the Lower 48. She’s not leaving Alaska permanently though. Baker says Cordova will remain her home. Over the years, Baker has…

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A Year on Capitol Hill

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A Sea Grant Knauss fellow from Alaska recaps her time in D.C. As the 2018 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow from Alaska, Maggie Chan has been working for the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation in the U.S. House of Representatives. She handles a wide variety of issues, including Coast Guard, shipping, vessel…

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Oyster farmers face challenges and opportunities in Alaska

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Mariculture is an emerging industry in Alaska that Alaska Sea Grant is helping to promote. Last week some of our faculty and staff gathered in Cordova with shellfish farmers, oyster spat growers and a kelp farmer to share ideas and strategies. It was part of the Alaska Shellfish Growers Association’s annual conference. Experts on marketing…

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