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Heather Brandon to lead Alaska Sea Grant

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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.

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UAF student wins Knauss fellowship

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.…

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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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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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Celebrating the success of UAF grads

Congratulations to the class of 2018! The graduates listed below are working on Alaska Sea Grant-funded research projects. WAY TO GO!! #SeaGrantFunded UAF College of Fisheries & Ocean Sciences Melissa Renee Rhodes-Reese ** B.S. Fisheries Thomas Jean Farrugia ** Ph.D. Fisheries Sarah Beth Traiger * Ph.D. Marine Biology Jordan Thomas Watson ** Ph.D. Fisheries Ellen…

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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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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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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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New technology could boost surimi profits and cut waste

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…

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