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workforce development

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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Alaska Sea Grant efforts result in over $8.5 million in economic benefits to Alaska in 2019

Alaska Sea Grant projects and programs produced over $8.5 million in economic benefits to the state last year, as reported to National Sea Grant. These benefits were the result of our work in marine safety training, seafood safety classes, seafood technology programs, professional consultations, and other activities.  The creation and support of jobs and business…

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Alaska Seafood School moves online in response to COVID-19

Alaska Sea Grant Alaska Seafood School

In May, Alaska Sea Grant conducted its first ever fully-online Seafood Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification class. This class satisfies the training requirement of the US HACCP regulation, instituted in 1997 to make sure the seafood people purchase in stores or eat in restaurants is as safe as possible. Assuring seafood safety requires…

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Gearing up for summit of young fishermen

Selfie of Chris and Iris Nash on the water

The eighth Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit (AYFS) is coming soon. Sponsored by Alaska Sea Grant, the three-day networking and skill-building conference is aimed at new entrants in Alaska’s commercial fishing industry to help them manage and grow their businesses. Next month, it’ll be held at the Westmark Baranof Hotel in downtown Juneau, January 21–23, 2020.…

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Research will help seaweed farming and traditional aquaculture

Alaska Sea Grant has received new federal funds to help develop aquaculture projects in Alaska and to work with partners on regional and national priorities. It’s part of a $16 million award from National Sea Grant that will fund 42 collaborative aquaculture projects across the country. Alaska Sea Grant and the Aleutians East Borough will partner on a project to launch a…

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“Now I do a lot of delegating”

Sam Nothstine is an expediter at Kwik’pak Fisheries in Emmonak, a western Alaska village at the mouth of the Yukon River. His job involves seafood quality control, shipping, administration, safety and other aspects of the business. Nothstine stays busy in the winter working at an outdoor gear store in Anchorage. Originally from Emmonak, Nothstine loves…

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