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Mourning the loss of Mary Pete

Alaska Sea Grant is mourning the loss our dear friend and colleague Mary Ciuniq Pete, who passed away on Nov. 17, 2018, after a battle with cancer. We send our deepest condolences to Mary’s family, friends and the entire Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region. Mary was a longtime member of our advisory committee and a fierce advocate…

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Scientists use app to engage citizens in ocean acidification study

Woman in black cap in web lab working with white bucket

Clam populations throughout Alaska have steadily declined for over 20 years, affecting subsistence, recreational and commercial harvesters. The exact causes of the decline are unknown. Suspected factors include habitat changes, environmental stressors, predation and, possibly, ocean acidification. Under the supervision of University of Alaska Fairbanks professor Amanda Kelley, PhD student Ashley Rossin is studying the…

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Investigating threats from invasive species in the Aleutians Islands

Some exciting science detective work is going on in the Aleutian Islands, home to 1,100 miles of remote marine habitat and some of the world’s richest fishing grounds. Because this sensitive region is vulnerable to the introduction of invasive and potentially harmful marine species, Alaska Sea Grant is participating in research to determine the threat…

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Building resilience in the Y-K Delta

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta of western Alaska is one the most rural parts the United States. With 56 villages scattered across some 50,000 square miles, the Y-K Delta region is rich with wild fish and game upon which its predominately Yup’ik residents heavily depend. As in other parts of coastal Alaska, the Delta is being hit…

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Fellowship leads to job in governor’s office

An Alaska Sea Grant State Fellow has landed a full-time job as a policy and program analyst in Alaska’s Office of the Governor. “I will continue much of the work that I did as a fellow in policy research and stakeholder engagement, but with an expanded portfolio that includes climate change, marine resources, renewable energy…

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Alaskan receives Digital Coast fellowship

A graduate student from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Natural Science and Mathematics, has won a prestigious fellowship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA.) Richard Buzard, who is working on his doctoral studies in Geoscience, with Assistant Professor of Coastal Geography Chris Maio, has been named a NOAA Digital Coast Fellow.…

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Is big always better? Maybe not

Over the past 20 years, the South Olga Lakes on Kodiak Island has produced nearly half a million sockeye salmon per year on average. This fishery is historically one of the region’s most productive sockeye systems. But recently, its salmon wealth has plummeted, prompting calls for something to be done. Managers are considering fertilizing the…

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