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Weaving traditional and local knowledge into Sea Grant’s work

Alaska Sea Grant, together with the 32 other Sea Grant programs across the country, took part in a visioning exercise in 2017 to improve what we do to support coastal communities and economics. The purpose of the exercise was to look closely at 10 key topic areas and set goals, outcomes and best practices for…

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New cohort of State Fellows start Alaska-based jobs

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For the fourth year, Alaska Sea Grant has funded five graduate students to begin marine policy and science communications work with local host organizations this fall. Modeled after the highly successful Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, the Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship provides recent graduates with a unique professional opportunity to work firsthand on the science…

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Alaskan receives Digital Coast fellowship

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.…

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Is big always better? Maybe not

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…

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Port Heiden: an Alaska community adapting to climate change

Like dozens of other coastal villages in Alaska, Port Heiden is grappling with how to adapt to climate change effects, including rising ocean levels, disappearing sea ice, extreme erosion and flooding. With its volcanic soil and exposed location on the peninsula, Port Heiden is naturally vulnerable to powerful storms and erosion. But climate change is…

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UAF student studies whale watching impacts on humpbacks

Whale watching is a booming business in Alaska’s state capital. Over the past nearly 20 years, the number of whale watching boats in the waters around Juneau has roughly doubled. The business is valued at about $35 million annually, according to the McDowell Group, and its rise parallels that of the cruise ship industry, whose…

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