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Alaska Sea Grant director candidates present their visions for the program (6/21/2018) - Two candidates interviewing for the Alaska Sea Grant director position are giving public presentations this week on their vision for the future of Sea Grant in Alaska. Glenn Haight, executive director of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game Board of Fisheries, will give a web-broadcast talk from Anchorage on Thursday, June 21, at 11:15 am. Heather…
Alaska Sea Grant says goodbye to longtime editor (6/18/2018) - After 35 years working for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Sue Keller will retire on June 29. Since 1988 Keller has told Alaska Sea Grant’s story in newsletters and reports, and edited many publications that fill the Alaska Sea Grant bookstore.
Alaskans report uptick in potential shark-related injuries (6/11/2018) - Something new is happening in the cold waters of northern and western Alaska. Unusual injuries such as bite marks and flipper amputations are showing up on seals in the Bering Strait, Chukchi Sea and Beaufort Sea regions. Ice-associated seals and Steller sea lions in particular appear to be in contact with a typically uncommon predator…
Fishermen learn safety drills to head off disasters at sea (6/7/2018) - Commercial fishing is one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States with a fatality rate 29 times higher than the national average. To head off disasters for the 2018 commercial fishing season Julie Matweyou and Art Schultz trained 30 commercial fishermen to conduct marine safety drills in Kodiak last month.
Alaskan receives Digital Coast fellowship (6/4/2018) - 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.…
Study focuses on salmon resilience (5/25/2018) - Christopher Sergeant is studying Southeast Alaska watersheds as part of his doctoral research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Along with his advisor, Assistant Prof. Jeffrey Falke, and partners at the U.S. Forest Service, Alaska Sea Grant and Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, Sergeant is working on an Alaska Sea Grant-funded project to assess the resilience of Southeast Alaska salmon.
Sea Grant fellow hired by fishery council (5/25/2018) - One of the reasons Sara Cleaver likes working for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council is that her workmates are as enthusiastic about fish as she is. “It is such a relief to have coworkers who don’t find your obsession with fish to be weird—in fact, it is basically a requirement of the job.” Cleaver said. She has been hired full time by the Council, cutting short her Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship there. Her fellowship would have run until October, but instead she was recruited into a two-year position that started May 21.
Is big always better? Maybe not (5/23/2018) - 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…
Journey to the Middle of the Bering Sea—Adventures in St Paul (5/22/2018) - Saint Paul Island is a place very few Americans, even Alaskans, will ever visit in their lifetimes. It is the breeding grounds for more than 500,000 northern fur seals and millions of seabirds, and is surrounded by one of the world’s richest fishing grounds. The island has the largest Aleut community in the United States.…
Marine Advisory agent teaches ROV skills (5/15/2018) - (VIDEO: Watch Gary Freitag give instruction on how to use a remotely operated vehicle) There’s no typical day in the life of an Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory agent. Sometimes the work might involve disentangling a humpback whale caught in commercial fishing gear. Another day it could be performing a necropsy, rescuing a stranded baby…

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