Kelp forest at the bottom of sea floor

Exhibit will highlight human connections to Aleutian Islands

A new traveling exhibit will teach visitors how human communities have relied on the Aleutian Islands as a source of food and protection. “Underwater Forests of the Aleutians” opened at the Museum of the Aleutians in Unalaska in July, and visitors can learn about ecosystems in the coastal environments surrounding the Aleutians and how communities depend on the resources that thrive there.

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UAF PhD candidate hired by Falkland Islands Fisheries Department

Thomas Farrugia’s university training, Knauss Fellowship in DC and other work have helped prepare him for a challenging and enjoyable fisheries management job. Read an interview with the UAF PhD candidate as he steps into a career on the other end of the globe.

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UAF student Maggie Chan awarded marine policy fellowship in DC

Maggie Chan, graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will head to Washington, DC, next year as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow. She is in a select group nominated by Sea Grant programs nationwide who will start their fellowships in February 2018, and continues the recent success of Knauss applicants from Alaska.

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Whale entanglement responders trained in Petersburg

Whale entanglements in fishing gear are infrequent near Petersburg but when they happen the Petersburg Marine Mammal Center needs trained people to respond. On June 30, NOAA’s Ed Lyman helped build the response team by training nine people in large whale disentanglement response methods.

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Summer interns focus on seafood science in Kodiak

Camron Christofferson and Phil Ganz are paid summer interns at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, sponsored by Alaska Sea Grant and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Christofferson is studying treatments to rid fish of parasites, and Ganz communicates science to the public.

Upcoming events
Workshops • Meetings • Classes

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Engaging Alaska Youth in STEM and Community Resilience

Jul 20–22, 2017
Fairbanks, Alaska

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Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators annual conference

Our Waters: Many Streams, One Ocean
Aug 7–11, 2017
Homer, Alaska

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Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings

Sep 20–21, 2017
Anchorage, Alaska

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Smoked Seafood School

Oct 12–13, 2017
Kodiak, Alaska

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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

More workshops, meetings, and classes

Highlights

children and chaperones standing on dock Kids in Petersburg, Alaska, had a sea animal touch tank come right to their doorstep as part of a summertime science lesson offered by Alaska Sea Grant and partners.

Group photo with 19 people The Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute (ASPLI) gives mid-career employees a boost in moving up the leadership ladder, to keep the seafood industry strong and support the Alaska workforce.

man holding tray of seafood Alaska Sea Grant is offering training to support the Alaska seafood industry, and home fish smokers, throughout 2017. Courses cover skills to avoid foodborne illness, roe processing, smoked seafood, and leadership training for processing employees.

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 July 26 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.

Alaska Sea Grant News & Newsletters

Sea Grant Blog

Kelp forest at the bottom of sea floor

July 18, 2017 A new traveling exhibit will teach visitors how human communities have relied on the Aleutian Islands as a source of food and protection. “Underwater Forests of the Aleutians” opened at the Museum of the Aleutians in Unalaska in July, and visitors can learn about ecosystems in the coastal environments surrounding the Aleutians and how communities depend on the resources that thrive there.

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young woman's smiling face

July 2017 Maggie Chan, grad student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will head to Washington, DC, next year as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow. She is in a select group nominated by Sea Grant programs nationwide, and continues the recent success of Knauss applicants from Alaska.

Sea Grant News Releases

fish head, tail, and fillet displayed in case

June 8, 2017 A rising middle class, a growing economy and increasing concerns about food safety and pollution in China are creating opportunities for Alaska to sell more wild salmon to Chinese consumers, according to a new report.