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Posts by Paula Dobbyn

Mariculture workshop kicks off in Kodiak

The Kodiak Archipelago Leadership Institute is offering a free, two-day workshop “Introduction to Mariculture in the Kodiak Region,” funded in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For the past three years, the institute has worked with partners to establish small farms in the communities of Larsen Bay, Old Harbor, Ouzinkie and Port Lions. The…

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New video focuses on Alaska’s acidifying oceans

Ocean acidification is how scientists describe the lowering of the oceans’ pH. The oceans today are roughly 30 percent more acidic than they were during the Industrial Revolution some 300 years ago. The rise in ocean acidification (OA) is tied to higher levels of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere by fossil fuel burning…

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Advocate of Alaska marine safety passes on

Alaska Sea Grant is mourning the passing of one of its early Marine Advisory agents.  Hank Pennington joined the Marine Advisory Program as an agent specializing in marine safety. In 1985 he founded the nonprofit Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA).  The association provides marine safety training for commercial fishermen, as well as subsistence and recreational boaters…

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Raising awareness about algal toxins in the Bering Strait region

algal bloom

Health care professionals and the public attended a two-day workshop in Nome last July to learn about the growing threat from algal toxins. More than 40 people participated in the workshop, which was jointly sponsored by the Alaska Ocean Observing System, the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, NOAA, and Alaska Sea Grant. The first day of…

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Can mushrooms replace Styrofoam and keep the oceans cleaner?

A University of Alaska Anchorage researcher who hopes to curb ocean pollution thinks fungi might have a useful role to play. Philippe Amstislavski, an associate professor of public health at UAA, is experimenting with using mushrooms to create biodegradable insulation, shipping material and other environmentally friendly products. Alaska Sea Grant, a partnership between the National…

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Unusual number of marine mammals found dead

Working with local subsistence experts, our Nome-based Marine Advisory agent Gay Sheffield has found many marine mammals dead in recent days. They include whales, walruses, and seals (mostly pups). Sheffield told the The Nome Nugget that while it is not unusual to find dead marine mammals once in a while, the number of dead animals found in…

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Lack of sea ice sends seal pups and walrus calves to beach

It’s been a busy couple of months for members of the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network, including Alaska Sea Grant’s Gay Sheffield, as they respond to multiple reports of dead ice seals along the coast of the Bering and Chukchi Seas. NOAA Fisheries reported in mid-June that at least 60 seals have recently washed up…

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