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2003 News Archive

National Geographic Photographers Featured in Sea Grant Book on Fishing Industry

10 December 2003
Sea Grant—The Alaska Sea Grant College Program has published a new book, Ocean Treasure: Commercial Fishing in Alaska, by SFOS Marine Advisory agent Terry Johnson. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the industry, including environmental challenges, gear and harvest techniques, shellfish farming and salmon ranching, seafood processing and marketing, Native subsistence use, and more.

Public seafood processing and cold storage facilities

6 October 2003
MAP—An upcoming workshop in Anchorage addresses the economic feasibility of cold storage facilities. The workshop will take place November 13 and 14 at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

IMS researcher examines the historical effects of whale harvests

25 September 2003
IMS—Alan Springer, IMS, is the lead author of a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, which hypothesizes that overfishing of whales in the North Pacific Ocean triggered one of the longest and most complex ecological chain reactions ever described, beginning in the open oceans 50 years ago, and led to the decimation of Alaska's kelp forest ecosystems today. For more, visit the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science or SITNEWS.org.

UAF research vessel Alpha Helix rescues boater

21 August 2003
IMS—The University of Alaska Fairbanks research vessel Alpha Helix, which is owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, conducted a rescue of a distressed recreational boater the evening of August 19, 2003, near the entrance to Alaska's Resurrection Bay.

image:Research vessel Davidson with rainbowScientists map state's first known geologically active undersea volcano

11 August 2003
GURU—An active undersea volcano, the first to be discovered in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands region, was successfully mapped in late June 2003 by researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and the National Marine Fisheries Service in Auke Bay, Alaska.

Dillingham gets new Marine Advisory Program agent

1 August 2003
MAP—Seafood industry expert Liz Brown began work July 1 as the new Marine Advisory Program agent in Dillingham, Alaska. The Marine Advisory Program is the statewide community extension service of the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

Bluefin Odyssey IIIThe Bluefin Odyssey III visits Alaska's Cook Inlet
8 July
WCPRURC—The Bluefin Odyssey III, an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) owned by Oregon State University, was in Alaska recently, undergoing tests sponsored by the West Coast and Polar Regions Undersea Research Center at SFOS. The AUV is approximately 22 inches in diameter and 11 feet long and is rated to explore the ocean depths to 3,000 meters deep.

SFOS administrator elected to international association post

3 June
SFOS—Tania Clucas has been elected to serve as the Secretary & Treasurer of the Western Section of the Society of Research Administrators International.

Faith the Steller Sea Lion sighted, seems to be doing well

3 June
SFOS—SFOS graduate student Jamie Womble is featured in a May 24 news article in the Anchorage Daily News, after spotting Faith, a rehabilitated Steller Sea Lion being tracked by scientists.

UA scientist named to Arctic Research Commission

2 June
Sea Grant—President Bush announced the appointment of Alaska Sea Grant associate director Susan Sugai to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, which recommends national Arctic research policy.

Buoys track Cook Inlet currents

13 May

IMS—Scientists say modeling currents, sea ice, sediment important to ship transport, undersea pipelines, oil platforms.

SFOS graduate to teach marine biology as part of UAF summer camp program

17 April

SFOS—SFOS graduate Anne Knowlton will teach marine biology as part of the Alaska Summer Research Academy summer camp program, hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics.

International scientists gather at UAF to discuss Arctic Ocean biodiversity

8 April

SFOS—Scientists have long believed that biodiversity decreases as you move toward the poles, but that assumption is proving incorrect. Marine researchers will gather in Fairbanks to discuss the present state of scientific knowledge of marine life in the Arctic Ocean and adjacent Bering Sea.

More than 30 participate in scientific diving training

2 April

SFOS—This year's Scientific Diving class culminated March 15-23 with more than 30 scuba divers converging on the SFOS Kasitsna Bay Laboratory just ouside Seldovia. Students practiced the basics of scientific diving and conducted rigorous training drills. Divers saw an abundance of marine life, including fish, invertebrates, octopus and even Steller sea lions.

Juneau and Chugiak take top honors in Ocean Sciences Bowl

28 February

SFOS—High school students from Juneau took first and second place overall in the sixth annual Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl. The competition to see who knows the most about Alaska's marine environment was held February 21–23 in Seward.

Alaska high school students gather in Seward for regional National Ocean Sciences Bowl

17 February

SFOS—Seward will host 12 schools from across the state Feb. 21–23 in the sixth annual Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Some 15 teams of high school students will compete for prizes and the honor of representing Alaska in the national finals in April.

Brian Allee to head Alaska Sea Grant College Program

14 February 2003

Sea Grant—The former director of Alaska's salmon hatchery system has been hired as the new director of Alaska Sea Grant. As director, Allee will be responsible for overall program strategic planning and program development, implementation and monitoring.