2017 news

Federal grant aims to stimulate Alaska seaweed farming

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September 26

A half-million-dollar federal grant is headed to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for research in seaweed farming, a growing industry in Alaska.

Training institute grooms future seafood industry leaders

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September 11

Seafood is big business in Alaska. To help boost the industry and its leadership careers, Alaska Sea Grant will offer a training program that starts in November. It’s called the Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute.

UAF student wins fellowship in nation’s capital

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August 2

A UAF graduate student has received a prestigious fellowship in Washington, D.C., starting next year. Maggie Chan is studying for her Ph.D. at UAF in the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. She is expected to graduate in December. Two months later, Chan will begin a Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, sponsored by Alaska Sea Grant.

Study: China could buy more Alaska wild salmon

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June 8

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.

Sea Grant places state fellows at agencies

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May 25

Alaska Sea Grant and partners have placed five fellows in one-year positions with state and federal agencies in Alaska. The aim is to advance the fellows’ careers as well as support marine and fisheries policy in Alaska.

Anchorage students explore science and salmon at Westchester Lagoon

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May 10

More than 300 fourth graders from the Anchorage School District will gather at Westchester Lagoon on May 16–18 to receive hands-on learning about what it takes for salmon to survive and complete their life cycle in the city’s Chester Creek watershed and other urban streams.

Conference will explore climate’s effects on fish

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May 1

Scientists and fishery managers will gather May 9–11 in Anchorage to discuss how climate warming, sea ice loss and ocean acidification affect fish in Arctic and sub-Arctic waters.

Alaska Sea Grant hosts free science symposium in Kodiak

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April 12

Alaska Sea Grant will host the Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium from April 18–21 at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center. The event connects the Kodiak community to regional marine science research and events.

Seafood roe class offered in Kodiak

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April 4

Alaska Sea Grant is offering a two-day class on how to turn fish eggs into food products. Scheduled for April 27-28 in Kodiak, Sea Grant’s Roe School is all about learning how to process and prepare seafood roe for safe consumption.

Alaska Sea Grant offers webinar on seaweed farming

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February 24

Alaska Sea Grant will offer a webinar on Alaska’s potential to join the growing seaweed farming industry. Find out about seaweed culture, harvesting, marketing and permitting, and how Alaskans can get involved in this multibillion-dollar industry.

Deadline approaches for Alaska Sea Grant fellowships

February 2

Alaska Sea Grant is offering graduate students, or those who recently completed their degree, the opportunity for paid on-the-job-training in Alaska-based federal and state agencies as part of the Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship Program. Students are also invited to apply for the highly competitive National Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship to work on substantive national policy issues in Washington D.C.

Seafood processing and marketing classes offered in February

January 19

Alaska Sea Grant will offer three seafood-related educational and training opportunities in February. The courses cover direct marketing, process improvement, and skills to avoid foodborne illnesses.

Marine science symposium offers teaching ideas

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January 17

The Alaska Marine Science Symposium offers opportunities for teachers and other educators to learn how to incorporate marine research into their classrooms.