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2018 update on kelp mariculture in Alaska (4/13/2018) - There are many great reasons for pursuing seaweed culture in Alaska—there is a huge space for it, Alaska has diverse species of seaweed and a fleet of vessels is available for harvest and transport. At Ocean Tuesday, a weekly forum for promoting Alaska’s maritime economy, Annie Thomson and Tamsen Peeples talked about their research on kelp mariculture in Alaska.
Bristol Bay residents learn to advocate for fisheries issues (4/12/2018) - A course called “Fisheries and the Legislative Process” is teaching Alaskans from the Bristol Bay region how to be advocates in the state capital. Each January a group of Bristol Bay students of all ages travels to Juneau for a week, where they learn the lawmaking process and how decisions are made that affect their communities.
New technology could boost surimi profits and cut waste (4/6/2018) - Tyre Lanier has spent four decades becoming an expert in surimi, or what some call “fake crab.” The North Carolina professor knows practically everything there is to know about surimi, a gelatinous fish product he jokingly calls the “hot dog of the sea.” In Alaska, surimi is no laughing matter. In 2016, seven onshore plants…
Regional conference on sharing science and knowledge held in Nome (4/5/2018) - Organizers of the 11th Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference say turnout and quality of presentations this year were outstanding. Held in Nome March 28-30, the conference drew more than 130 people from Alaska, the Bering Strait region, and beyond.
Good news from D.C. on Sea Grant funding (3/22/2018) - The 2018 federal budget was passed and signing into law in late March. The omnibus bill calls for $65 million in base funding for Sea Grant and $11.5 million in directed funding for aquaculture. That’s an increase of $4 million over last year’s appropriation to Sea Grant.
Alaska Sea Grant director moves on (3/19/2018) - Fifteen years after taking the helm at the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, Paula Cullenberg is stepping down at the end of March 2018. Cullenberg, who has been Alaska Sea Grant director since 2013, is a professor specializing in commercial fisheries, human dimensions and coastal community development at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, College…
Interactive map of Alaska commercial fisheries launched (3/14/2018) - Alaska’s commercial fisheries are vast and lucrative. With a dockside value of $1.7 billion in 2016, the industry employs more than 29,000 people. To help fishermen and others understand more about Alaska’s 180-plus commercial fisheries, Alaska Sea Grant has developed an interactive map. It features target species, gear, locations, seasons and more. Sunny Rice, Alaska…
Mixing science with traditional knowledge, researchers hope to get seal oil on the menu (3/7/2018) - In 2016 the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation recommended Alaska Sea Grant seafood specialists Chris Sannito and Brian Himelbloom pay a visit to Kotzebue, to evaluate the traditional process of rendering seal oil from blubber chunks. Seal oil has sustained indigenous people of Alaska for thousands of years and is an important traditional food for…
Local knowledge in Sea Grant’s future (3/6/2018) - Alaska Sea Grant’s Davin Holen, and Matt Bethel of Louisiana Sea Grant, are leading a search for the best ways to include local and traditional knowledge in Sea Grant work over the next 10 years. They hosted a workshop in Juneau last month to launch the local knowledge visioning effort, with representatives from 10 Sea…
State of the art outboard engine trainer is ideal for mechanics (3/5/2018) - A boat on wheels—that’s how Gabe Dunham describes his new outboard motor training setup. Dunham, Alaska Sea Grant’s Marine Advisory agent in Dillingham, has been teaching an outboard repair and maintenance course for four years, often using older equipment in the classroom. “I built the unit using a brand-new engine, so people can learn using…

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