2006 News Releases

Alaska Crab Stock Enhancement and Rehabilitation: Workshop Proceedings

19 December 2006

The proceedings of a watershed workshop on crab stock enhancement and rehabilitation are now available from Alaska Sea Grant.

Announcement of Funding Opportunity for 2008–2010

15 December 2006

Alaska Sea Grant is requesting preliminary research proposals for 2008–2010. We welcome any creative and rigorously conceived proposal that will help the people of Alaska better understand, conserve, and wisely use the state's marine, estuarine, and coastal watershed resources. ASG sponsors applied social, economic, engineering, and biological research. The deadline for preliminary proposals is Friday, 26 January 2007.

Alaska Sea Grant ranked among nation's best

15 December 2006

A federal review panel has judged the Alaska Sea Grant College Program as among the nation's best marine research, education, and extension programs.

Instability often the cause of fishing vessel sinkings

12 December 2006

Unstable vessels account for 35 percent of all commercial fishing vessel losses in the United States each year. The new instructional DVD, Fishing Vessel Stability: Operational Practices, seeks to educate fishermen about the importance of understanding and following stability guidelines unique to their individual vessel.

Alaska Sea Grant publishes important new publication on dealing with the impacts of coastal erosion

7 December 2006

In the battle against increasing coastal erosion across Alaska, Alaska Sea Grant supported a January 2006 workshop of coastal engineers, community leaders, scientists and others. The proceedings of this workshop, Coastal Erosion Responses for Alaska, is now available from the Alaska Sea Grant bookstore.

Fishermen collect Pribilof blue king crab for Alaska hatchery research program

4 December 2006

Pribilof blue king crabs have been collected as brood stock and research specimens as part of a fisherman-led effort aimed at rebuilding the island's collapsed blue king crab fishery.

Climate and fishing effects on pollock bring international scientists to town

27 October 2006

Alaska's massive schools of pollock are the mainstay of a billion-dollar commercial fishery, the largest single-species fishery in the United States. But will this bonanza survive amid continued fishing pressure and warming ocean waters caused by climate change?

Rescued spotted seal released in Unalaska

20 September 2006

Dill, a six-month-old spotted seal that was found abandoned in June, was returned to the wild September 15, 2006, by officials with the Alaska SeaLife Center.

Coastal monitoring put to test in Unalaska

20 September 2006

A presentation on surveying dead and stranded seabirds by Julia Parrish, associate professor of biology at the University of Washington, given at the second annual Aleutian Life Forum (ALF) in August, proved immediately useful when dead shearwaters washed onto Unalaska beaches.

Media advisory: Conference on the future of Alaska's fishing communities starts Thursday

19 September 2006

Community leaders, seafood processors, fishermen and government representatives will meet September 21–22, 2006, at the Anchorage Hilton to discuss ways to build a sustainable fishing economy for coastal Alaska.

Coastal residents to gather in support of fishing communities

6 September 2006

Finding ways to preserve and enhance fishing as an important part of the coastal Alaska economy is the subject of a statewide conference in Anchorage September 21–22.

Sea Grant MAP agent helps assess Lebanon oil spill

4 September 2006

Rick Steiner, conservation specialist with the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, recently returned from a two-week trip to Lebanon, where he helped the Lebanese government assess the environmental damage caused by a massive oil spill in the region.

Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program responds to Unalaska seabird deaths

31 August 2006

Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program Agent Reid Brewer is helping to collect, tag, and recover carcasses of what are at this time more than 1,600 shearwater seabirds that have washed ashore during the last several days.

Alaska Sea Grant launches multiagency effort to rebuild Kodiak red king crab stocks

15 August 2006

What might be the future of Kodiak's red king crab fishery arrived in Seward recently, wrapped in wet burlap and packed in coolers marked "live crab."

Alaska Sea Grant seeks public comment on its performance

17 July 2006

This fall, Alaska Sea Grant will undergo a National Sea Grant review of its programs and activities conducted from late 2001 to present. In advance of this review, scheduled for September 10–14, 2006, public comment on the performance of Alaska Sea Grant toward meeting its mission goals and objectives is invited.

Alaska Sea Grant awards $1 million to marine research

8 May 2006

The Alaska Sea Grant College Program will spend more than $1 million over the next two years on research to protect Alaska's coastline from erosion and breed oysters that grow faster, among other projects.

Alaska fisheries pioneer dies

18 April 2006

John Doyle, an Alaska fisheries pioneer who established the Marine Advisory Program and worked to improve the seafood industry across the state, passed away April 8, 2006, at the age of 72.

Alaska Sea Grant publishes guide to responsible marine wildlife viewing

29 March 2006

A new publication from the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program offers tips on the dos and don'ts of approaching and watching marine wildlife.

Cordova Flatfish to join Seward Shrimp Hawks at national ocean science competition

8 March 2006

Avalanches prevented them from competing in the Alaska regional competition, but the Cordova high school team has netted an invitation to attend the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) championship.

AlaskaFishBiz.org is one-stop resource for fishermen, seafood processors

1 March 2006

AlaskaFishBiz.org offers information and resources about financing, small business development, education and training, and other seafood industry business needs and services.

Hatcheries examined as key to Alaska crab recovery

28 February 2006

Exactly what is needed to establish a successful crab enhancement program in Alaska is the subject of the Alaska Crab Enhancement and Rehabilitation Workshop in Kodiak March 14–16, 2006.

Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute to train future leaders

10 February 2006

Career-oriented seafood processing workers are invited to apply to a new program that offers Alaskans specialized training in leadership, seafood handling, safety and sanitation, marketing and logistics.

High school students vie for college scholarships, bragging rights in ocean science competition

2 February 2006

High school students vie for college scholarships, bragging rights, and chance to participate in national competition.