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Kodiak hosts regional marine science symposium

Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium

Alaska Sea Grant recently wrapped up the fourth Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium. The multi-day symposium had taken place every three years since 2011, but was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. “We were determined not to let another year go by without this important regional event,” said event chair and local Marine Advisory…

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New Alaska Shellfish and Seaweed Festival in May

Alaska Shellfish and Seaweed Festival

Alaska Sea Grant is holding the first Alaska Shellfish and Seaweed Festival from May 17–20, hosted online with specials and promotions in several coastal communities around the state. Join us each evening for informative presentations, videos, and demonstrations all about oysters and seaweed in Alaska. Leading up to the event and during the week of…

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Improving sea ice forecasts for safer subsistence harvests

Closeup of Pacific walrus

Alaska Native people have lived along the coasts of the Chukchi and Bering seas in northwest Alaska for thousands of years. The rich bounty of the ocean, including marine mammals, fish and birds, has sustained these communities, not only feeding them, but also shaping their traditions, culture, identity and health. The Pacific walrus is an…

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Now hiring: Education Specialist

Alaska Sea Grant employees and 'join our team, now hiring education specialist'

Alaska Sea Grant is recruiting for an Education Specialist. This is a 9-month full-time, term University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) faculty position to be based in an Alaska rural coastal community such as, but not limited to, Bethel, Dillingham, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Nome, or Valdez. The education specialist will create, deliver, and assess educational materials…

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Alaska Sea Grant helps solve seal oil safety concerns

strips of seal fat in bucket

For many rural coastal communities in Alaska, seal oil is a mainstay of traditional diets. It is used as a dipping sauce and to flavor stews, and as an ingredient in traditional medicines.  To render seal oil, the blubber is cut into strips or chunks and placed in skin, plastic, or glass containers until the…

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New law supports training for young fishermen

Young fisherman practicing Mayday calls

The “Young Fishermen’s Development Act” was signed into law on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. The goal of the act is to “preserve United States fishing heritage through a national program dedicated to training and assisting the next generation of commercial fishermen.” The bill received bipartisan support and was championed by Reps. Young (AK), Moulton (MA),…

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Alaska Sea Grant accepting state and national fellowship applications

Three women on the shore looking through binoculars

Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship Alaska Sea Grant is soliciting applications for the 2021 Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship Program. The program provides a unique educational opportunity for graduate students who are interested in science or policy that affects Alaska’s marine and coastal resources.  The 12-month paid state fellowship program matches highly motivated and qualified…

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Fifty years of Alaska Sea Grant

2020 marks Alaska Sea Grant’s 50th year. Over the last five decades, the program’s research, education, and outreach activities have had countless positive impacts on Alaska’s coastal communities, ecosystems, and economies. Alaska Sea Grant’s initial research in 1970 included studies of pinnipeds of the Bering and Chukchi Seas, and the uses of seafood waste. Since then,…

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