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woman smiling Heather Brandon to lead Alaska Sea Grant (8/13/2018) - The University of Alaska Fairbanks has chosen Heather Brandon as Alaska Sea Grant’s new director. Brandon is an environmental policy leader with experience in fisheries issues on a broad geographic scale, ranging from Alaska to the Arctic and Russian Far East. The Juneau resident was selected after a competitive national search.
Study aims to help Alaska’s North Slope officials adapt to climate change hazards (8/6/2018) - (UTQIAĠVIK, Alaska)—Stacy Bowen’s family has owned The Fur Shop for some 40 years. The cream-colored store in Utqiaġvik sits on the edge of the Arctic Ocean. Crammed floor to ceiling with animal skins, costume jewelry, fabric bolts, souvenir sweatshirts and fresh flowers flown in from the tropics, the eclectic shop is a commercial hub for…
St Paul Summer Science Camp 2018 participants. Science camp in Pribilofs honors Michelle Ridgway (8/5/2018) - Every summer, the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Ecosystem Conservation Office (ECO), with support from the Central Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association and the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association, hosts a week-long summer science camp on St. Paul Island for youth ages six to 15. The kids come from St. Paul and St. George…
Fellowship leads to job in governor’s office (7/23/2018) - An Alaska Sea Grant State Fellow has landed a full-time job as a policy and program analyst in Alaska’s Office of the Governor. “I will continue much of the work that I did as a fellow in policy research and stakeholder engagement, but with an expanded portfolio that includes climate change, marine resources, renewable energy…
UAF student wins Knauss fellowship (7/18/2018) - Amy Kirkham, a University of Alaska Fairbanks doctoral student, will start a Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship in Washington, D.C. next year. The prestigious fellowship is administered by Sea Grant, a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and universities in 33 states and U.S. territories. Alaska Sea Grant nominated Kirkhan for the fellowship.…
ship on water at sunset Beluga whale research captures spotlight (7/18/2018) - Kim Ovitz’s research on beluga whales on the Kenai Peninsula has received international attention recently. Through her Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship, Ovitz has been observing beluga whales at the mouth and lower reaches of the Kenai River. Aside from monitoring, Ovitz has also been using qualitative research methods to document local knowledge of marine…
Antibacterial coating may boost seafood industry (6/28/2018) - A research project underway this summer in Kodiak has the potential to boost the Dungeness crab industry, valued at an average of $9 million per year in Alaska. Katherine Rubio is testing the antibacterial effect of chitosan as an edible film on cooked Dungeness crab products. She is an Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute intern working in the science labs at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center.
Two images, a man and a woman giving talks. 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…

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