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2009 News Archive

Scientists look to fourth year of crab hatchery research

18 December 2009
ASG—Scientists studying how to hatch and raise large numbers of larval king crab recently received wild adult king crab broodstock for another year of research.

High school students to tackle shrinking sea ice at ocean science bowl

17 December 2009
SFOS—High school students preparing for the 2010 Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl will not only have to answer dozens of questions about ocean science, but also one big one: how will shrinking sea ice affect Alaska’s coastal communities?

Don Schell, former IMS director and professor emeritus, dies

15 December 2009
SFOS—Donald Schell, former director of the Institute of Marine Science and professor emeritus at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, died last weekend at his home in Australia.

UAF chooses shipyard to build Alaska Region Research Vessel

8 December 2009
SFOS—More than three decades ago, marine scientists in the United States first identified the need for a research vessel capable of bringing scientists to Alaska's icy northern waters.

Quinn earns American Fisheries Society Alaska Chapter's highest award

6 December 2009
SFOS—Terrance Quinn, professor of fisheries at SFOS in Juneau, has won the Wally Noerenberg Award for Fishery Excellence, the highest award given by the American Fisheries Society’s Alaska Chapter. The award was presented to Quinn at the AFS Alaska Chapter meeting in November 2009.

Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program sponsors 2009 Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit

29 October 2009
ASG—The next Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit will be held in Anchorage, December 7–9, 2009. The summit is the third in the series for people just getting started in commercial fishing, and who want to take leadership roles in the industry.

Fall 2009 SFOS Newsletter online

19 October 2009
SFOS—The Fall 2009 SFOS Newsletter is now online. View it here.

SFOS seafood scientist receives international acclaim

9 October 2009
ASG—For Chuck Crapo, an Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program seafood scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, decades of toil and commitment were recently rewarded.

Scholarship honors fisheries student Blake Nunemann

8 October 2009
SFOS—A scholarship has been named in honor of an undergraduate fisheries student, Blake Nunemann, who died September 30. The Blake Nunemann Memorial Scholarship has been set up at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

CoastWise Alaska radio service highlights marine topics and connects the university to coastal communities

1 October 2009
ASG—CoastWise Alaska is a new, free audio news and feature service that spotlights stories about coastal Alaska science, business, and the environment.

Ecosystems 2010: Global Progress on Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management

30 September 2009
ASG—Alaska Sea Grant is pleased to announce the 26th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium, Ecosystems 2010: Global Progress on Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management. This international meeting will take place November 8-11, 2010, in Anchorage, Alaska.

Bristol Bay region welcomes local as new Marine Advisory Program agent

8 September 2009
MAP—Bristol Bay, home to Alaska’s largest wild commercial salmon fishery, once again has an Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program (MAP) agent to help fishermen, seafood processors and marketers, and other marine resource users.

Researchers study rebirth of an island after volcanic eruption

14 August 2009
SFOS—When Alaska’s Kasatochi Volcano erupted on Aug. 7, 2008, it virtually sterilized Kasatochi Island.

New findings show increased ocean acidification in Alaska waters

11 August 2009
SFOS—The same things that make Alaska's marine waters among the most productive in the world may also make them the most vulnerable to ocean acidification. According to new findings by a University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist, Alaska's oceans are becoming increasingly acidic, which could damage Alaska's king crab and salmon fisheries.

University seeks name for Alaska Region Research Vessel

24 July 2009
SFOS—When completed in 2014, the Alaska Region Research Vessel will be one of the most technologically advanced oceanographic vessels in the world.

SFOS alumnus receives presidential young scientist award

23 July 2009
SFOS—President Obama recently awarded SFOS alumnus Dana Hanselman the 2008 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). According to a NOAA press release, the award is "the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers."

Christie to lead Alaska Sea Grant

23 July 2009
SFOS—The University of Alaska Fairbanks has appointed David Christie as the director of the Alaska Sea Grant College Program.

Award-winning geophysicist to present on space exploration

15 June 2009
SFOS—Gerald Wasserburg, an American Geophysical Union Bowie medalist, space rock expert and authority on the evolution of the solar system, will speak Wednesday, June 17, at SFOS. Wasserburg talk is called "Imagination, Pulp Fiction, Science and Exploration" and will be held on Wednesday, June 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the Vera Alexander Learning Center in 201 O'Neill.

Senior Shelley Woods earns outstanding student award

4 June 2009
SFOS—This spring, fisheries senior Shelley Woods received the Outstanding Student Award for the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. She was recognized at the UAF annual student awards breakfast in late April and at an American Fisheries Society Fairbanks Sub-Unit barbecue in May.

NSF announces funding for Alaska Region Research Vessel

27 May 2009
SFOS—The National Science Foundation has announced that the Alaska Region Research Vessel will be the first project funded from NSF's portion of the nation's economic stimulus funds, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Seward hosts international marine conference

26 May 2009
SFOS—The School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Seward Marine Center hosted an international conference last week on marine law and public policy. The conference was the 33rd annual Center for Oceans Law and Policy meeting and was called "Changes in the Arctic Environment and the Law of the Sea."

Marine Advisory Program releases videos aimed at helping commercial fishermen improve salmon quality

15 May 2009
ASG—The Marine Advisory Program has released a series of nine videos on improving salmon quality. The videos were produced with gillnet fishermen in mind, but much of the information will be valuable to all gear types.

SFOS to dedicate new fisheries building in Juneau

23 April 2009
SFOS—The University of Alaska Fairbanks will dedicate the new Lena Point Fisheries Building in Juneau on Tuesday, April 28. Construction on the building was completed in October 2008. Governor Sarah Palin will speak at the ceremony, along with University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton and Representative Beth Kerttula. Walter Soboleff, a Tlingit scholar and leader, will lead the invocation.

Alaska Sea Grant and MAP now on YouTube

23 April 2009
ASG—Alaska Sea Grant and the Marine Advisory Program are now on YouTube, where clips of many of their award-winning videos and DVDs on subjects ranging from seafood quality and sea safety to beach walking, marine debris, crab research and others can be viewed. Visit the Alaska Sea Grant YouTube Channel

Fishermen invited to marine refrigeration workshops in Kodiak, Homer, Anchorage

16 April 2009
MAP—The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, in partnership with Integrated Marine Systems and the Alaska Vocational Technical Center, is offering marine refrigeration workshops for commercial fishermen.

Alaska Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence hires noted Homer educator

26 March 2009
ASG—Marilyn Sigman, a respected marine science educator from Homer, has been named education specialist for the recently established Alaska Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE Alaska) in Anchorage

Alaska Sea Grant publishes proceedings of Aleutian Energy-Fisheries Workshop

25 March 2009
ASG—Proceedings from a statewide workshop on offshore oil and gas development near the Aleutian Islands is available from the Alaska Sea Grant College Program

Alaska Sea Grant oil spill legal experts reunite for 20th anniversary of Exxon spill

18 March 2009
ASG—A series of public events reunite the Alaska Sea Grant Legal Research team on the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Facing hard times, South Carolina shrimpers look to the Marine Advisory Program

6 March 2009
MAP—South Carolina shrimp fishermen to take part in a unique exchange with Alaska fishermen, biologists, and fisheries business experts, facilitated by the Marine Advisory Program.

Juneau high school students sweep ocean bowl for third straight year

3 March 2009
SFOS—Juneau high school students have done it again.

SFOS student blogs about working in DC

26 February 2009
ASG—One of three 2009 Alaska Knauss Fellows is blogging about her exciting and sometimes surreal experiences in the nation's capital. Follow Knauss Fellow Celeste Leroux's trials and travails at: Celeste Leroux blog

SFOS scientists make headlines with Census of Marine Life findings

22 February 2009
SFOS—Last Monday, the Census of Marine Life released a press release announcing that the waters of the Arctic and Antarctic share 235 marine species. CoML also documented the existence of 5,500 marine species in the Arctic and 7,500 in the Antarctic.

Princess Tours gives $100,000 to UAF Marine Advisory Program

10 February 2009
SFOS—Princess Cruises & Tours has donated $100,000 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for the support of the Marine Advisory Program. The gift will provide salary and administrative support for MAP agents in several Alaska coastal communities over the course of three years.

SFOS students earn best poster, best presentation awards at Alaska Marine Science Symposium

3 February 2009
SFOS—Three SFOS graduate students took home prizes for an outstanding poster or oral presentation at the 2009 Alaska Marine Science Symposium held in Anchorage the week of January 19. More than 600 scientists attended the conference and many of the attendees were SFOS faculty, students or staff.

Fish business course available on TV and the Web

14 January 2009
MAP—Helping Alaska's commercial fishermen become business savvy is the aim of a new eleven-week course called The Business of Fish, offered by the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program.