Research investigates toxins in Arctic food webs and marine mammals

Walrus with tusks on a piece of ice in the ocean

A new bulletin published by Alaska Sea Grant summarizes research to inform the public and help them understand the risk of paralytic shellfish toxins in Arctic Alaska food webs and marine mammals. Paralytic shellfish toxins—also called saxitoxins—are produced by microscopic marine algae and can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) when people consume shellfish or marine…

Read More

Remembering Arliss Sturgulewski

Woman with short white hair and glasses

Arliss Sturgulewski, prominent Alaskan leader and long-time supporter of Alaska Sea Grant, died on April 7. Sturgulewski was active on the boards and committees of many nonprofits and educational institutions in Alaska, including the advisory council of the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and Alaska Sea Grant’s advisory committee from 2003 to 2015.…

Read More

Kachemak Bay monitoring efforts contribute important data about ocean acidification in nearshore ecosystems

man on boat holding research equipment

Alaska’s coastal waters are some of the most commercially valuable and productive ecosystems on the planet. Ocean acidification—a decrease in ocean pH caused by increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide—is expected to impact these ecosystems, but very little is known about how it could alter nearshore environments. Nearshore ecosystems provide habitat and serve as a nursery…

Read More

State Fellow Spotlight — Kyle Neumann

photo of Kyle Neumann

Jesse Gordon contributed to this story Kyle Neumann is an Alaska Sea Grant State Fellow with the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center Genetics Program in Juneau.  He is working to develop new technologies that will allow for autonomous collection of environmental DNA (eDNA) samples.  Kyle explained that the genetics lab is developing “eDNA sampling robots…

Read More

Alaska Sea Grant hires new Dillingham agent

man with hat

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. “Alaska Sea Grant is committed to outreach, education, and extension in Bristol Bay communities” said Alaska Sea Grant director, Ginny Eckert. “Our…

Read More

Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference

Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference and Forum

Alaska Sea Grant and the UAF Bristol Bay Campus are hosting the 14th annual Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference (WAISC) April 21–22. Registration is now open and abstracts are being accepted for the online conference. WAISC focuses on scientific research and knowledge relevant to Western Alaska and brings together local and indigenous knowledge of economic,…

Read More

Building diversity, equity and inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion graphic image

Alaska Sea Grant is committed to deepening understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion and how social justice intersects with our work. We continue to explore how to integrate DEI in all that we do, including learning, acknowledging and incorporating multiple ways of knowing into more aspects of our work.  Recently, our staff and faculty gathered…

Read More

International seaweed processors visit Kodiak

basket of kelp

On October 29, a group of international seaweed processors visited Kodiak and the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center (KSMSC). The delegation stopped in Kodiak as part of a tour of coastal Alaska that included Ketchikan, Juneau, Cordova, and Dutch Harbor. The event was organized by Julie Decker and the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation. The…

Read More

Research informs where and when harmful algal blooms may occur

Woman on boat

Julie Matweyou and Jesse Gordon contributed to this story Harmful algal blooms (HABs) occur when certain species of algae become abundant and produce toxins. Forecasting these blooms could help mitigate human and wildlife health risks. Alexandrium catenella is an alga capable of producing powerful neurotoxins that can accumulate in shellfish and cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning…

Read More