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To list or not to list. The battle continues over the Pacific walrus.

Our Nome-based Marine Advisory agent Gay Sheffield stopped by the studios of KNOM-FM recently to discuss the federal government’s decision not to grant protections to the Pacific walrus under the Endangered Species Act. “Listing the walrus isn’t going to bring the sea ice back,” she said. Listen to the full interview here.

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Alaska Sea Grant partners in marine safety instructor training

Commercial fishermen, an Alaska state trooper and a ferry boat captain were among those trained as marine safety instructors last month. Training saves lives—since the 1980s the commercial fishing industry has seen a 76% decrease in deaths.

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Alaska’s oyster farmers are filling an acidification-driven void

As the Pacific Ocean acidifies, oyster farms off California, Washington, and British Columbia have struggled to get larvae to grow into seed. Though scientists are not quite sure why, the water off Southeast Alaska hasn’t seen the same deleterious effects. Now, entrepreneurs and investors are eyeing the state, looking to turn a profit off the short-lived gains of climate change. Hakai Magazine has the story.

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Two-year project on coastal resilience wraps up in Goodnews Bay

An Alaska Sea Grant–funded research project on coastal erosion in western Alaska has concluded with good news for the village of Goodnews Bay.

Upcoming events
Workshops • Meetings • Classes

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Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute

A training program for future leaders in the seafood industry
Nov 13–17, 2017
Kodiak, Alaska

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2017 Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit

Dec 6–8, 2017
Anchorage, Alaska

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Copper River Delta Science Symposium (14th)

Mar 27–29, 2018
Cordova, Alaska

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high waves against boat Alaska Sea Grant’s Terry Johnson spent a week as an assistant aboard the research vessel Tiglax in the Gulf of Alaska. He tells about the adventure in four parts.

map of north pole Temperatures are dropping and the days are getting darker as Alaska moves into autumn. But despite the approaching winter chill, there’s lots of open water north of Alaska—a near record, in fact.

closeup of large green seaweed drying on a line A half-million-dollar federal grant is headed to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for research in seaweed farming, a growing industry in Alaska.

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oil spill cleanupAlaska Aquaculture Resources is a searchable collection of more than 160 publications, presentations, videos, and links for Alaska shellfish and seaweed farmers and businesses.

oil spill cleanupLearn about marine mammal strandings, oiled wildlife, invasive species, and other environmental risks you may come across in coastal regions. Encountering Environmental Hazards on Alaska’s Coasts also tells how to report what you see.

changing climateAlaska's changing climate is altering our coastal landscape. With thoughtful planning we can minimize impacts to our communities, businesses and lifestyles, and in some cases we may find ways to benefit from the changes.

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 15 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.

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