Alaska Sea Grant Blog

Regional place-based science conferences good for scientists and locals

Green mountains surround bay with town

March 27

Alaska Sea Grant will host two science conferences in April, one in the Aleutian Islands chain, the other in the fishing port of Kodiak. The conferences provide a forum for learning and collaborating between scientists and the public.

Two seafood science summer internships available in Kodiak

silhouette of gillnet boat on the water

March 23

Alaska Sea Grant and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute are offering two seafood science summer internships in Kodiak. One will focus on creating online content about wild seafood products and issues, and the second internship will investigate parasite control measures for wild Alaska seafood products.

Kodiak trade show set to boost fishing community

dock with boats and people

March 20

Alaska Sea Grant will sponsor several events at the 2017 ComFish Alaska trade show, March 30–April 1 in Kodiak. Take a seat at the speaker forum, sign up for a fishermen's skills competition, watch a lifeboat pop and more.

Alaska’s congressional delegation says Sea Grant funding should remain

Senator talking to group of people

March 16

In the wake of the White House's proposed elimination of funding for Sea Grant, Alaska's congressional delegation has expressed strong support for the Alaska program. In a letter to the Office of Management and Budget, Alaska’s senators called the proposed cuts to NOAA, which houses Sea Grant, dangerous and drastic.

Food safety short course offered for Alaska producers

food in jars

March 9

Alaska Sea Grant is offering a short course for Alaska food processors on preventive controls for human food. Food producers who take the class will be able to comply with a new food regulation and also improve their business.

Alaska Sea Grant invites proposals for aquaculture initiatives

Man cleaning oyster nets with hose spray.

March 7

US aquaculture enterprises are thriving, but there is a lot of potential for growth in this $1.2 billion industry. To enhance growth, National Sea Grant is seeking applicants for two opportunities for aquaculture projects. Investigators are strongly encouraged to work closely with Alaska Sea Grant during letter of intent/proposal development.

Estuary fish study presented at biology conference

Two researchers measuring and tagging fish on the beach with a black dog

March 2

After two years of collecting and analyzing fish data from Southeast Alaska estuaries, Carolyn Bergstrom highlighted her work before members of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. She found that fish were more diverse in non-glacier-influenced habitats.

2017 Alaska Tsunami Bowl sparks science engagement

students on stage with a podium and projection screen

February 27

Sixteen high school teams from across Alaska met in Seward on February 16 to compete in an ocean-based academic competition. Not only did students learn a plethora of ocean facts as they prepared, they also gained academic skills as they wrote and presented a research paper.

Webinar to address Alaska’s potential seaweed farming industry

woman holding kelp

February 27

On Tuesday, February 28, Gary Freitag will present a webinar overview of kelp and seaweed farming and its potential as an emerging industry in Alaska. Marine Advisory agents in Unalaska, Petersburg, and Kodiak will host live webinar viewing opportunities in their communities.

Training for the Alaska seafood workforce

man holding tray of seafood

February 22

Alaska Sea Grant is offering educational and training opportunities to support the Alaska seafood industry, and home fish smokers, throughout 2017. Currently scheduled are courses on skills to avoid foodborne illness, roe processing, smoked seafood, and leadership training for processing company employees.

Alaska Sea Grant salmon research featured nationally

Text and pictures from a web story map

February 17

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 outlining milestones of Gharrett’s studies.

Survival suit race in Cordova draws crowds

people in survival suits jumping into the water

February 15

About 40 hardy souls—including eight children under the age of 12—took the plunge in Cordova’s harbor earlier this month during the annual Iceworm Festival survival suit races.

Experts learn strategies to address possible natural resource crises

Gay Sheffield at podium addressing crowd

February 15

Alaska Sea Grant’s Gay Sheffield took part in a One Health exercise with international experts from tribes, government agencies, and academic and private sectors to address vulnerabilities in food systems. The One Health collaborative approach is especially pertinent in the Arctic, where people depend on natural resources for subsistence, including marine and terrestrial wildlife.

Research fellow helps Alaska communities measure erosion

Richard Buzard standing with a Sea Grant banner

February 10

An Alaska Sea Grant research fellow addressed the Alaska Forum on the Environment this week about his work to connect Bristol Bay residents with tools to help them monitor shoreline erosion.

An interview with University of Washington anthropologist Margaret Willson about her new book on women, Iceland, and life at sea

photo of Margaret Willson

February 3

Cultural anthropologist Margaret Willson, who will visit Alaska next week, spent her early years working on fishing boats in Oregon and in the South Pacific. Lately she has turned her attention to Iceland and its women who work at sea. Willson has a new book exploring the vivid lives of Icelandic women, past and present, and the fascinating society from which they hail. Willson took some time recently to speak with Alaska Sea Grant’s Paula Dobbyn about the origin of the book and also about her own former life at sea.

Fisheries students from University of Alaska Fairbanks win awards at science symposium

Director with two students holding awards

January 27

Alaska Sea Grant director Paula Cullenberg presented UAF students Sarah Traiger and Jenell Larsen with awards for best student presentations at the 2017 Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage.

Knauss Fellow Spotlight: Kelly Cates

Kelly Cates

January 24

University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate student Kelly Cates begins her Knauss Fellowship in Washington, DC, in February at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A master’s student in fisheries at UAF, Cates will work at the NOAA Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. Her career goal is to foster better cooperation among scientists, lawmakers, government officials, and the public so that science informs important policy decisions. As she drove across the country to DC, Cates took time to answer a few questions.

Knauss Fellow Spotlight: Charlotte Regula-Whitefield

Charlotte Regula-Whitefield

January 19

With a freshly minted PhD in hand, University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate Charlotte Regula-Whitefield is heading to Washington, D.C. to begin a Knauss Fellowship in the office of Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski. We sat down with Charlotte to find out what brought her to this point, and what she hopes for the experience to come.

Alaskans discuss climate preparedness and displacement at Hawaiʻi symposium

four partcipants posing for group picture

December 22, 2016

Residents from three Alaska villages joined researchers, policy experts, and others at a two-day symposium on climate change and its impacts on coastal communities worldwide. Alaska Sea Grant helped organize the event in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.

Diary of a National Ocean Sciences Bowl coach

Alaska map with teams flagged

October 28, 2016

Each year, Alaska holds a regional ocean sciences competition as part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Sunny Rice has co-coached the Petersburg team every year since 2009.