Alaska Sea Grant salmon research featured nationally

February 17, 2017

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To mark its 50-year anniversary celebration, National Sea Grant featured several nationwide projects in a Research-to-Application highlight, among them Tony Gharrett’s 30-year research on Alaska pink salmon. The national program created a video animation on Gharrett’s studies for the web feature Sea Grant: Research to Application.

From 1977 to 2016, University of Alaska Fairbanks professor Tony Gharrett and his colleagues led 14 projects on pink salmon breeding and population genetics, funded by Alaska Sea Grant. The research results have guided fish hatchery policy and science-based fishery management in Alaska, trained 23 students in fishery management, supported the seafood industry, and demonstrated how fish can adapt to a changing climate.

In addition, Alaska Sea Grant published Gharrett’s What Does Genetics Have to Do with It?, a layperson’s guide to the role of genetics in conservation and fishery management. It is required reading for “Introduction to Aquaculture” and other courses at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The National Sea Grant College Program funds research, extension, and education at 33 state programs in coastal and Great Lakes states. It was established by Congress in 1966.

— By Sue Keller

Alaska Sea Grant is a statewide marine research, education, and outreach program, and is a partnership between the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program agents provide assistance that helps Alaskans wisely use, conserve, and enjoy marine and coastal resources.