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International seafood technology conference to be held at Alaska resort

Inventions and new research in seafood technology are the subject of an upcoming conference at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska, near Anchorage.

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Seaweed farming, robot-style

An underwater robot with a custom-built arm may become a useful tool in seaweed farming, an emerging industry in Alaska. Alaska Sea Grant’s Gary Freitag designed and modified the seaweed-plucking arm to help our state’s aquaculture industry expand its reach.

man spraying oyster nets with pressure hose

Alaska mariculture projects receive federal funding

Alaska Sea Grant has received funding to help marine aquaculture businesses in the state find good locations, obtain geoduck seeds and avoid shutdowns after heavy rains.

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Loans, taxes, insurance, and fun

Networking, skill-building and learning from veteran fishermen, legislators, government officials, direct marketers, and seafood industry leaders. That’s what the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit is all about. This year the summit will be held in Anchorage on December 6-8 at the Dena’ina Center. Read more about the summit and hear from past participants in the November issue of Pacific Fishing.

dilapidated building near water

Alaska Sea Grant fellow helps develop state’s new climate policy

Severe storms, loss of sea ice, crumbling shoreline. These are just a few of the impacts Alaska is experiencing as the result of climate change. Alaska’s governor and Lt. governor are preparing to release a new climate change strategy for the state. One of our fellows has been working to develop it from the halls of state government in Juneau.

Upcoming events
Workshops • Meetings • Classes

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2017 Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit

Dec 6–8, 2017
Anchorage, Alaska

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Communicating Ocean Sciences Workshop

Jan 22, 2018
Anchorage, Alaska

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Pacific Fisheries Technologists Conference

Feb 5–7, 2018
Girdwood, Alaska

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Copper River Delta Science Symposium (14th)

Mar 27–29, 2018
Cordova, Alaska

More workshops, meetings, and classes

Blog

cover of Alaska Sea Grant annual report 2016–2017 with three researchers study Alaska Sea Grant’s latest annual report is now available. The report captures many of the highlights of our work over the past year in research, education and outreach to benefit the people, economies and ecosystems of coastal Alaska.

walrus face Nome-based Marine Advisory agent Gay Sheffield recently to discussed 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.

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

oyster buoys in cove As the Pacific Ocean acidifies, oyster farms 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. Hakai Magazine has the story.

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Highlights

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 December 13 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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