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

Woman talking to group

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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Public comments sought for Alaska Sea Grant review

Alaska Sea Grant is preparing for a program review by a team convened by the National Sea Grant Program. The review will be conducted April 9–11, 2019, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and will consider all aspects of Alaska Sea Grant’s programs, including management and organization, performance, stakeholder engagement and collaborative activities, including those with…

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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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Cordova uses friendly competition to promote marine safety

The Prince William Sound fishing community of Cordova celebrated its 58th annual Cordova Iceworm Festival this winter, and as usual, Alaska Sea Grant was there to help. One of the festival’s main events is the survival suit race, where teams of four people run down a dock to where their suits are placed. They don…

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski recognizes Sea Grant’s work in speech to Alaska Legislature

In her address to Alaska lawmakers on Tuesday, Feb. 19, Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced her staff, including 2018 NOAA Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship recipient Ann Robertson. Ann is from Juneau and recently completed her Masters of Environmental Management at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she focused on fisheries, marine policy…

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