Children with monitoring equipment

Shoreline monitoring in Goodnews Bay, Alaska, will help residents map changes

If a storm wreaks havoc on coastal Goodnews Bay, Alaska, new research by University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists may help the town qualify for relief funding. Efforts to link local perspectives with monitored shoreline changes will vastly improve the understanding of the region’s coastal evolution.

Pacific marine mammal guide

Pacific marine mammal guide wins three awards

Guide to Marine Mammals and Turtles of the U.S. Pacific, written by Kate Wynne, has won recognition from the National Outdoor Book Awards, the National Association of Government Communicators, and Communications Concepts.

Charlotte Regula-Whitefield

UAF students receive marine policy fellowships in DC

Two University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate students will head to Washington, DC, next year to learn about marine policy through the 2017 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.

elodea in slough

Research will map risk of invasive aquatic weeds in Alaska

Alaska lakes and sloughs are at risk for being invaded by a waterweed called elodea that can interfere with salmon spawning and deplete lake nutrients. New research aims to identify where elodea is likely to spread and to evaluate future management options.

pollock trawler catch

Pollock fishermen may struggle to maintain catch numbers as oceans change

Observing changes in how fishermen catch pollock may help shape future fisheries policies and regulations.

Jane Sullivan

Alaska Sea Grant chooses three new state fellows

Three new Alaska Sea Grant state fellows will gain a year of professional experience in marine policy beginning this summer. This year’s fellows — Sarah Apsens, Jane Sullivan and Jennifer Marsh — are all graduate students in the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

Highlights

community-based monitoringCommunity-based monitoring in Alaska is widespread and growing. Alaska Sea Grant and AOOS have teamed up on a website to provide information, guidance and resources to CBM programs.

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.

fishing boat, by Deborah MercyLooking for a job in Alaska's fisheries, seafood, or maritime industries? Visit our Alaska Marine Jobs board on the web or follow @AKMarineJobs on Twitter for jobs, fellowships and internships.

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 20 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.

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

SCUBA diver studying ocean floor

February 2016 NOAA released over 12,000 juvenile red king crabs in Kodiak waters last fall, and tracked them for six months, seeking data on optimum release time and crab size for maximum survival.

Fishlines

working with compost pile

July 2016 Marine Advisory agent Gabe Dunham proved that composted fish waste can produce a usable soil amendment for gardeners in Dillingham, Alaska.

Notes from the Field

humpback tail flukes

October 2015 From Kodiak Marine Mammal Specialist Bree Witteveen: Missing whales in the Shumagin Islands