Thomas Farrugia with skate

UAF student is awarded marine policy fellowship in D.C.

Thomas Farrugia, a graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will spend a year as a Knauss Fellow in Washington, D.C., learning how the federal government makes national marine policy and manages marine resources.

Fish Oil by Jo Christian Oterhals, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Pollock oil research yields new diet supplement

A new process that purifies Alaska pollock liver oil has resulted in a commercially produced diet supplement. Alex Oliveira, associate professor with the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program in the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, developed the molecular distillation process.

Sean Brennen in lab

Student’s strontium isotope project offers a new map of Alaska

Ph.D. student Sean Brennan is finishing up a 2.5-year Alaska Sea Grant–funded research project, creating a tool to identify the birthplace of adult salmon harvested in mixed-stock commercial fisheries. The project is focused on Chinook salmon in the Nushagak River, but it has implications for other rivers across the state.

Upcoming events
Workshops • Meetings • Classes

Boat Electrical Course

September 2, 2014–May 15, 2015
Sitka, Alaska

Seafood Processing Quality Control Training

November 10–19, 2014
Kodiak, Alaska

HACCP - Kodiak

November 20–21, 2014, 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Kodiak, Alaska

Ammonia Refrigeration Training Class—Kodiak

December 15–19, 2014, 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Kodiak, Alaska

Tools and Strategies for Assessment and Management of Data-Limited Fish Stocks

30th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium
May 12–15, 2015
Anchorage, Alaska

More workshops, meetings, and classes

Highlights

a shellfish farm platformA shellfish farming workshop in Ketchikan and evening lectures in four other Southeast Alaska communities this month offer a comprehensive look at the industry.

boat navigational instrumentsA new online Boat electrical course is designed to help boat operators understand and troubleshoot electrical systems.

Alaska Sea Grant and the Alaska Ocean Observing System host a bimonthly one-hour Alaska Marine Policy Forum conference call with Alaska participants interested in marine policy. The next call is November 12 at 1 pm Alaska Time. Join us to hear the latest about marine funding, legislation, and state and federal policy. Visit the AOOS website for contact information and notes from previous calls.

releasing a hook from a halibutEvery Halibut Counts: About half of the halibut caught by Alaska anglers are released, due either to regulation or fisherman preference. A small percentage of released halibut succumb to injury or stress. Anglers can reduce the mortality of these fish by following a few simple practices.

placeholderThe Smoking Alaska Seafood for Fun and Profit workshop in Kodiak is for anyone interested in smoking and processing fish, including home fish-smoking enthusiasts, small smokehouse operators, fishermen interested in direct marketing their fish, and commercial operators. The next workshop is August 25–27.

Alaska Sea Grant Newsletters

AKCRRAB News Flash

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October 2014 Researchers will study how the location of red king crab larval release, and sea currents, might affect larval settlement in Bristol Bay.

Fishlines

people celebrating donation

October 2014 As the new Marine Advisory agent in Unalaska, Melissa Good is helping residents with marine economic development, education, and resource management.

Charter bLog

a charter boat

July 2014 The summer issue of Charter bLog tackles halibut release issues, bycatch limits, PFD labeling, passenger injury prevention, and more.