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2005 News Archive

Jewett named Fulbright Senior Specialist

15 December 2005
SFOS—Dr. Stephen Jewett, SFOS Research Professor and UA Dive Safety Officer, has been named a 2006 Fulbright Senior Specialist by the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Fisheries Division students experience day of fish, fun, and sun

14 December 2005
SFOS—Juneau fisheries students spent the day learning how to conduct pelagic fisheries trawls with the crew of the ADF&G research vessel Medeia

Alaska Sea Grant to help Gulf Coast fishermen

10 November 2005
ASG—Alaska Sea Grant, publisher of books and videos about Alaska's marine resources for fishermen, teachers, and scientists, will donate a percentage of earnings to U.S. Gulf Coast fishermen affected by hurricanes in 2005. read entire release

Kruse to chair PICES committee

10 October 2005
SFOS—Dr. Gordon H. Kruse was elected to a three-year term as chair of the Fishery Science Committee of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES).

Scientists discover new species in Arctic Ocean

28 September 2005
SFOS—SFOS scientists returning from a month-long exploration of the deep sea beneath the Arctic ice pack say the region is teeming with marine life, and have found species previously unknown to science.

SFOS graduate student receives accolade

19 September 2005
SFOS—Shiway Wang received the Nellie Johnson Baroody Award for Best Student Presentation at the 123rd meeting of the American Ornithologist Union.

PCCRC seeks proposals for 2006

9 September 2005
SFOS—The Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center (PCC Research Center) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks announces an opportunity for funding of marine research in the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea. 2006 PCCRC Announcement of Available Funds PCCRC home page

Pacific rockfish scientists to share research

8 September 2005
ASG—The health of Pacific rockfish stocks is the topic of the 23rd Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium to be held in Anchorage Sept. 13-15. The symposium, "Biology, Assessment, and Management of North Pacific Rockfishes," is coordinated by Alaska Sea Grant and is being held as part of the American Fisheries Society's 135th annual meeting. Read read entire news release

Metlakatla oysters debut in Fairbanks

18 August 2005
ASG—The Southeast Alaska Indian community of Metlakatla has begun shellfish farming, thanks to the help of Alaska Sea Grant and a federal grant aimed at diversifying the region's economy.

Marine mammal scientist named SFOS Associate Dean

16 August 2005
SFOS—Alaska marine mammal researcher Michael Castellini has been named Associate Dean of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

Annual Aleutian Life Forum kicks off

11 August 2005
MAP—The first Aleutian Life Forum to celebrate and encourage understanding of the diversity of life in the Aleutian Islands runs August 16-20 in Unalaska. For more information visit

SFOS researchers find new uses for salmon byproducts

9 August 2005
KSMSC—SFOS scientists are among the authors of research appearing in the August 2005 issue of Journal of Food Science. Dr. Subramaniam Sathivel, Dr. Scott Smiley, and Dr. Peter Bechtel produced protein hydrolysate (FPH) from red salmon heads. They found that the FPHs were a good source of high quality fish proteins that could be used in protein powders and other products.

UAF scientists release humpback whale entangled in fishing gear

28 July 2005
MAP—A team of UAF researchers successfully released a young humpback whale that had become entangled in commercial crab fishing lines and buoys in waters near Kodiak Tuesday night. (July 26, 2005)

Alaska seabird has natural mosquito defense

22 July 2005
SFOS—According to a study led by SFOS researcher Hector Douglas and published in this month's Journal of Medical Entomology, crested auklets emit a citrus-like odor that effectively repels mosquitoes and other pests.

Field Course in Salmon Management

22 July 2005
SFOS—Four SFOS graduate students spent three weeks in Bristol Bay watching the salmon fisheries in action.

Tom Shirley Retires

19 July 2005
Fisheries—Professor Tom Shirley has retired from Fisheries Division after 23 years of service at the Juneau Center. Tom was one of the founders of our academic and research programs in Fisheries and has led our teaching, research and service related to Alaska's shellfish industry.

Subramaniam Sathivel organizes symposium on the applications of chitosan in seafood

18 July 2005
SFOS—SFOS/FITC professor Subramaniam Sathivel is organizing a symposium on the applications of chitosan in seafood on July 19, 2005 as part of the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Follow the Hidden Ocean Explorers!

15 July 2005

SFOS explores Hidden Ocean

22 June 2005
SFOS—SFOS researchers and technicians are among a team of 45 scientists from the United States, Canada, Russia, and China, who will take part in a June-July exploration of the Canadian Basin, located in the deepest part of the Arctic Ocean. Click here to read their trip logs!

Chinese Connection

3 May 2005
KSMSC—Delegates from the Fisheries Law Enforcement Command of the People's Republic of China toured the Fishery Industrial Technology Center in Kodiak.

Discovery Channel goes crab fishing

1 April 2005
SFOS— The Discovery Channel will air a documentary mini-series on Alaska's commercial crab fishery beginning Tuesday, April 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT across the country.

MAP aquaculture specialist spotlighted

1 April 2005
MAP—The UAF Newsroom offers a web feature on Ray RaLonde, Aquaculture Specialist with the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program. The feature spotlights Ray's work helping coastal communities diversify their economies through shellfish aquaculture development and training. go to UAF Newsroom online feature

American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting

17 March 2005
ASG—The 135th annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society will be held in Anchorage, Alaska September 11-15, 2005.

Copper River Salmon Workshop No. 1

8 March 2005
ASG—The first of a two workshop series designed to foster a broader understanding of the natural and human influenced processes affecting wild salmon stocks within the Copper River watershed will be held in Anchorage Apri 12-14, 2005.

State of the Salmon

8 March 2005
SFOS—The State of the Salmon Consortium will host an international conference in Anchorage, Alaska from April 17-20, 2005, to shape the future of Pacific salmon policy and broaden the reach of scientific research.

Sea Grant video featured in first Alaska Ocean Film Festival

8 March 2005
ASG—An Alaska Sea Grant video on the 1964 Alaska earthquake and tsunamis is the highlight of the new Alaska Ocean Film Festival in Anchorage, March 10.

Coastal Marine Institute annual research review

8 March 2005
SFOS—Researchers funded through the Coastal Marine Institute will present their findings Tuesday, March 8, 2005, in the Regent's Conference Room 109 of the Butrovich Building on the UAF campus. agenda.

Sea Grant/NOAA Fisheries sponsor conference

7 March 2005
ASG—Alaska Sea Grant is helping NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region sponsor Managing Fisheries-Empowering Communities, a conference aimed at better understanding the impacts of commercial fishery management decision on Alaska coastal communities.

SFOS Staff Recognized

1 March 2005
SFOS—A number of SFOS employees from around the state have been recognized for their outstanding work and unique contributions to the success of SFOS, the university and their units.

Steiner helps form Shipping Safety Partnership

25 February 2005
MAP—Alaska Sea Grant conservation specialist Rick Steiner is helping a coalition of business and conservation groups push for new protections from oil spills in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Read more in the Environment News Service, Feb. 24, 2005.

Juneau-Douglas captures science bowl

25 February 2005
SFOS—Having won its third straight Alaska Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl, Juneau-Douglas High School has established itself as a virtual ocean knowledge brain trust, and a dynasty that's proven difficult to upset.

Pink and Chum Salmon Workshop Feb. 23-25

23 February 2005
Fisheries—The 22nd Annual Northeast Pacific Pink and Chum Salmon Workshop will be held at the West Coast Cape Fox Lodge in Ketchikan, Alaska, February 23-25, 2005.

SFOS research featured in Polar Biology

15 February 2005
SFOS—Research papers authored by a host of SFOS researchers dominate the February 2005 issue of the scientific journal Polar Biology.

Tom Shirley quoted in bottom trawling story

14 February 2005
SFOS—Fisheries Division professor Tom Shirley was quoted in a Seattle Times (Feb. 11, 2005) story on steps being taken to protect Alaska's seafloor coral habitat. Read story: Coral concerns spur vast trawling ban

Kruse to chair NPFMC Scientific and Statistical Committee

14 February 2005
SFOS—Gordon H. Kruse has been elected chair of the Scientific and Statistical Committee of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

NPFMC moves to protect Aleutian seafloor habitat

11 February 2005
ASG—The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) voted unanimously to protect over 380,000 square miles of coral-rich seafloor in the Aleutian Islands from bottom trawling.

Fishing industry research donations top $5 million

9 February 2005
SFOS—Contributions by a group of North Pacific pollock fishing companies to a University of Alaska Fairbanks research program that studies marine mammals, fisheries and other coastal ecosystem issues have topped $5 million since the program began in 2000.

Scientists speak at Environment Forum

7 February 2005
SFOS—More than 1,000 scientists, Native leaders, technicians, health officials and others will gather in Anchorage Feb. 7-11 for the 7th annual Alaska Forum on the Environment. Talks are scheduled on the latest developments in contaminants and waste management, climate change, marine mammal health and other environmental issues.

Fairbanks seniors visit SFOS

31 January 2005
SFOS—A group of senior citizens visited SFOS January 28 and learned about scientific diving and Weddell seal research in Antarctica.

Researchers to map Beaufort Sea, Cook Inlet currents

25 January 2005
SFOS—SFOS scientists this summer will install high-frequency radar stations along Alaska's Beaufort Sea coast to map sea surface currents. The project is aimed at understanding the region's oceanography and to better plan for possible oil spills.

SFOS attends Marine Science in Alaska Symposium

24 January 2005
SFOS—Numerous SFOS scientists and graduate students attended the annual Marine Science in Alaska Symposium, held Jan. 24-26 in Anchorage. Information/Agenda

Edwards memorial planned

19 January 2005
SFOS—People wishing to remember the life of Gary Edwards and the crew of the fishing vessel Big Valley are invited to attend an informal Pot Luck on Friday, January 28, 2005, in Fairbanks.

Tsunami video to air on Alaska Public TV

6 January 2005
ASG—An Alaska Sea Grant documentary about the 1964 Alaska earthquake and resulting tsunamis will air on KUAC Alaska One Television on Thursday, January 6, 2005, at 7 p.m., and again Friday, January 7, at 10:30 p.m.