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Blue Starr Oyster Co. debuts new oyster nursery system

An Alaska oyster farmer on Prince of Wales Island is hoping that a new device he spent years helping to design will increase his oyster farming productivity and prove useful to other farmers around the state. The redesigned device is a 53-foot aluminum floating upweller system, or FLUPSY. It works by moving fresh seawater filled…

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New ocean invader spotted in Alaska

Underwater photo of small tree-like organism with brown branches

Scientists and local volunteers have detected a new invasive species in the waters of Southeast Alaska. Alaska Sea Grant’s Gary Freitag, Marine Advisory agent in Ketchikan, is a member of the scientific team that discovered Bugula neritina, an invertebrate filter feeder also referred to as a branching bryozoan. These tiny organisms form colonies and are…

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Support for Alaska’s blue economy signed into law

Alaska’s emerging mariculture industry is getting a boost. Gov. Bill Walker signed a bill this week making it easier for shellfish hatchery owners to access loan funds to grow their businesses. House Bill 76 amends the Alaska Mariculture Revolving Loan Fund so that non-profit hatcheries, not just individual farmers, can apply for loans to market seeds to grow seaweed,…

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Marine Advisory agent teaches ROV skills

(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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Public-private partnership at university spurs Alaska’s maritime workforce training

Government, industry and academic representatives met in Anchorage recently to discuss new ways to advance the state’s maritime sector. Alaska’s maritime industry—sometimes referred to as “Alaska’s blue economy”—supports over 70,000 jobs and is the state’s largest private employer, according to the Alaska Department of Labor. It includes fishermen, seafood processors, ocean managers and researchers, vessel…

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Gary Freitag

Gary Freitag Marine Advisory Agent, Ketchikan (907) 617-8990 Contact Gary Bio page Robertson/Hamilton Technical Center 600 Stedman Ketchikan, AK 99901 Gary Freitag Focus My primary focus is to provide educational and technical assistance to Alaska’s marine resources industries and to provide marine related outreach to those who live and work in Southern Southeast Alaska. Expertise…

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