United Fishermen of Alaska

Fishing industry backs Alaska Sea Grant funding

As Congress wades through the budget process, Alaska Sea Grant receives strong support from the commercial fishing industry.

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From fish waste to Fido snacks: turning pollock skins into pet treats

Alaska Sea Grant seafood specialists developed a pet treat from pollock skins that has proven very popular with dogs. Last month they won an award for the product, for “innovation in research leading to commercialization” from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization.

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New technique could improve Alaska farmed oyster and kelp productivity

Gary Freitag, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory agent, is getting the word out about a technique that could enhance farmed oyster and kelp productivity. The quick-result method could help farmers in Alaska, allowing for the selection of faster growing cultured individuals.

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With entangled whales showing up in remote areas of Alaska, Sea Grant responds

More whales than ever are getting tangled in fishing gear and debris, causing some to drown, starve or get serious infections. Disentangling whales can be dangerous and difficult but the more people who can do it, the better. Alaska Sea Grant is hosting a training in Unalaska to prepare more individuals to respond to whale entanglements.

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Researchers see China as growing market for Alaska salmon

Researchers at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Purdue University see China as a promising market for Alaska salmon. They interviewed more than 1,000 consumers in major China cities and found that seafood from pristine Alaska waters harvested in a sustainable fishery is appealing to residents, many of whom have higher incomes.

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


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

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June 21, 2017 More than 40 million sockeye salmon are expected to return to Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska this summer. Of those, about 29 million could potentially be harvested, making it the world’s largest wild salmon run. To help commercial fishermen get their boats and themselves ready for the fast-paced fishing season, Alaska Sea Grant’s Gabe Dunham shared his knowledge at the recent Bristol Bay Fish Expo in Naknek.


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May 2017 Five talented students, selected as Alaska Sea Grant State Fellows, will begin jobs at state and federal agencies in Alaska this summer.

Sea Grant News Releases

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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.