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2010 News Archive

Contribute your memories of Andrea Ruby

23 December 2010
SFOS—Remembering Andrea Ruby

Quinn makes headlines with article on sea lice, pink salmon

16 December 2010
SFOS—Terrance Quinn, professor of fisheries at the UAF Juneau Center of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, was the co-author of a paper called "Relationship of farm salmon, sea lice, and wild salmon populations" published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on December 13, 2010. The paper's findings have been featured in dozens of national and international news outlets, including USA Today and BBC News.

Southeast Alaska food security subject of Alaska Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension research

9 December 2010
ASG—To learn more about how Alaska communities view their food security, UAF’s Cooperative Extension Service and the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program are asking Southeast Alaskans to complete an online survey. UAF’s goals are to better understand the region’s food security concerns and identify how the university can help communities address them.

Southeast shrimp fishermen could receive up to $12,000

9 December 2010
ASG—Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program specialists and agents will conduct job training workshops for Southeast Alaska commercial shrimp fishermen, as part of a federal program that will provide shrimp fishermen suffering from unfair foreign competition with up to $12,000.

Next phase of king crab research nets $460,000

8 December 2010
ASG—Biologists developing the science and technology to raise wild red and blue king crab in hatcheries as a way to rebuild collapsed stocks in parts of Alaska have received $460,000 in grants and support to assess how the crab may fare in the wild.

Bering Sea chill yields fatter plankton, changes in pollock diet

8 December 2010
SFOS—Despite a 30-year warming trend, the last three years in the Bering Sea have been the coldest on record. A University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist says that the cold temperatures have helped produce larger zooplankton in the Bering Sea, which may be changing the way Walleye pollock are feeding.

Students win best student paper, best student poster awards at American Fisheries Society Alaska Chapter meeting

19 November 2010
SFOS—Two SFOS graduate students won best student paper and best student poster awards at the American Fisheries Society Alaska Chapter meeting held in Juneau November 3-5.

SFOS graduate students present at American Fisheries Society Alaska Chapter meeting

9 November 2010
SFOS—Graduate students from SFOS presented in large numbers at last week’s American Fisheries Society Alaska Chapter annual meeting in Juneau. SFOS graduate students presented 26 of the 98 talks given at the meeting, and 11 out of 30 posters.

26th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium

3 November 2010
ASG—The 26th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium (Ecosystems 2010: Global Progress on Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management) will bring together international fishery scientists, managers, and stakeholders to share insights into the current status and future prospects on ecosystem-based fisheries management.

Senator Begich and Juneau mayor visit Lena Point Fisheries Building

20 October 2010
SFOS—Senator Mark Begich, Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho and their staff visited the Lena Point Fisheries Building on Tuesday, October 19. They toured the building and spoke with faculty, staff and graduate students.

Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program holds workshops to help public understand how environmental policy is made

20 October 2010
SFOS—Explaining the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)NEPA is the goal of a series of educational training workshops being organized by Izetta Chambers, the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program agent based in Dillingham.

NOAA recognizes Kasitsna Bay Laboratory for contributing to diversity

15 October 2010
SFOS—The Kasitsna Bay Laboratory has received a group award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s National Ocean Service for supporting and encouraging diversity through science education for minority groups.

Seaweeds a passion for “nerdy” Juneau biologist

13 October 2010
SFOS—A new Alaska Sea Grant field guide to Alaska seaweeds is written by a federal marine biologist who always knew what she wanted to do when she grew up.

Census of Marine Life celebrates ‘decade of discovery’

4 October 2010
SFOS—The Census of Marine Life, a ten-year initiative to describe the distribution and diversity of ocean life, draws to a close today with a celebration, symposium and press conference in London. At the press conference, scientists revealed the results of the census, including the discovery of new species, new patterns of biodiversity and more. Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have played a major role in what the census calls its “decade of discovery.”

SFOS graduate wins W.F. Thompson Best Student Paper Award

1 October 2010
SFOS—A paper written by Jennifer Stahl while she was a graduate student working with advisor Gordon Kruse has been awarded the W.F. Thompson Best Student Paper published in 2008 by the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists. The Institute announced the award at their annual meeting this month in Pittsburgh.

Alaska Sea Grant receives grants to boost shellfish farming, track invasive marine species and collect data from stranded marine mammals

30 September 2010
ASG—Three federal and state grants totaling over $1 million will be used by Alaska Sea Grant to establish a statewide network of citizen scientists to track the spread of marine invasive species; conduct an instruction and training program aimed at jump-starting the shellfish farming industry; and launch an effort to collect better information about marine mammals that strand on the state’s coast.

Alaska crab research nets donation from major California seafood retailer

30 September 2010
ASG—The largest seafood retailer in the U.S. Southwest has set its sights on Alaska king crab.

Visiting scientist to lecture on responses of fish populations to climate change and fishing

14 September 2010
SFOS—David Conover, director of the Division of Ocean Sciences at the National Science Foundation, will visit Alaska during the week of September 20 to present two seminars on the responses of fish populations to climate change and size-selective fishing practices.

Underwater gliders ply Chukchi waters for the first time

3 September 2010
SFOS—A pair of autonomous underwater gliders recently tested in the waters of southeast Alaska just finished cruising the Chukchi Sea for the past month.

Study examines turbine effects on Yukon River fish

30 August 2010
SFOS—A University of Alaska Fairbanks fisheries scientist has teamed up with Alaska Power and Telephone to study how a new power-generating turbine affects fish in the Yukon River.

Castellini contributes to Department of Interior offshore drilling meeting

27 August 2010
SFOS—On Thursday, SFOS Interim Dean Michael Castellini contributed to a forum held in Anchorage by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement.

UAF establishes Ocean Acidification Research Center

27 August 2010
SFOS—The University of Alaska Fairbanks has created a new research center dedicated to studying ocean acidification in Alaska.

SFOS remembers Senator Ted Stevens

16 August 2010
SFOS—We at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences were saddened to learn of the death of former Senator Ted Stevens earlier this week. It is difficult to enumerate the many contributions Senator Stevens has made over the years to fisheries and fisheries science in Alaska.

Crowley donates $20,000 to SFOS, UAF for scholarships

5 August 2010
SFOS—Crowley Maritime Corporation has donated $20,000 to the University of Alaska Foundation for four $5,000 scholarships. Two of the scholarships will be for students in the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and the other two will be for those studying in other schools and departments at UAF.

Stable isotopes conference begins next week

4 August 2010
SFOS—The seventh International Conference on Applications of Stable Isotope Techniques to Ecological Studies will be held Monday, August 9, through Friday, August 13, in the Davis Concert Hall at the UAF campus.

John Kelley retires after 40 years at the University of Alaska

16 July 2010
SFOS—John Kelley, professor of chemical oceanography at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, has retired after 40 years of teaching, research and service at the University of Alaska.

New energy device to power oceanographic equipment

15 July 2010
SFOS—After two years of design and development, oceanographers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are installing a new alternative energy device along the arctic coast of Alaska. The device will provide power to scientific instruments in remote areas, where sources of electricity are often scarce.

Hollmen named interim science director at Alaska SeaLife Center

10 July 2010
SFOS—Tuula Hollmen, research associate professor at SFOS, has been appointed the interim science director for the Alaska SeaLife Center. Hollmen has worked as a UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences faculty member at the Alaska SeaLife Center for eight years.

Read about SFOS students on the R/V Thompson in the Bering Sea

7 July 2010
SFOS—Read about SFOS students on a cruise in the Bering Sea on the R/V Thompson.

SFOS celebrates new fisheries laboratory complex

2 July 2010
SFOS—Yesterday, the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences celebrated a ribbon-cutting for a new fisheries laboratory complex in the west wing of the Arctic Health Research Building.

Exploring Kachemak Bay's underwater forests

11 June 2010
SFOS—Exploring Kachemak Bay's underwater forests

Alaska Sea Grant to fund $1 million in marine research

9 June 2010
ASG—Alaska Sea Grant will provide $1 million during the next two years to support marine research.

Underwater gliders may change how scientists track fish

9 June 2010
SFOS—Tracking fish across Alaska's vast continental shelves can present a challenge to any fisheries or marine scientist studying Alaska's seas. Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are testing a possible solution in the form of underwater gliders.

Nanwalek middle schoolers contribute to worldwide marine life database

8 June 2010
SFOS—A group of Nanwalek middle school students recently participated in a biodiversity monitoring program along the southern shore of Kachemak Bay. The students identified and inventoried marine invertebrates such as sea snails, crabs, sponges, urchins and macroalgae, such as kelp, that live in the intertidal region of the Nanwalek coast.

Legislature, governor, university contribute to coastal Alaska through Marine Advisory Program funding

4 June 2010
ASG—Alaska governor signs bill providing funds for Marine Advisory Program positions.

Scientist says Chatanika whitefish are making a comeback

2 June 2010
SFOS—Humpback whitefish in the Chatanika River are recovering from a population crash in the 1980s, according to a scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Castellini takes over as interim dean

2 June 2010
SFOS—Michael Castellini, former associate dean of SFOS, is the new interim dean. Castellini will serve for up to one year, or until the new dean is selected.

Cordova Marine Advisory agent recalls trip to Louisiana oil spill

26 May 2010
MAP—In a series of audio clips, Torie Baker, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program agent in Cordova, describes her experiences speaking with people being affected by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Students win awards at the Western Groundfish Conference

25 May 2010
SFOS—Two fisheries graduate students won awards at the Western Groundfish Conference held in Juneau in late April.

Scientists to study Western Alaska salmon declines

5 May 2010
SFOS—Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will spend two years studying declines and variability in Western Alaska king salmon runs thanks to a grant from the Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center.

Oil spill resources for the media

5 May 2010
SFOS—Oil spill resources for the media

Weingartner wins Usibelli award for research

30 April 2010
SFOS—The University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced recipients of the 2010 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching, Research and Public Service Awards. Thomas Weingartner, professor of oceanography at SFOS, earned the Usibelli award for research.

SFOS students win awards at UAF Campus Research Day

21 April 2010
SFOS—Two students from SFOS earned awards at the first-ever UAF Campus Research Day on April 9. Melissa Rhodes-Reese, an undergraduate fisheries student in Juneau, tied for third place for her presentation at the Campus Research Day’s Undergraduate Research Symposium. Sara Carroll, a master’s degree student in marine biology, won second place in the graduate student poster competition.

Feds make $6 million available for aquaculture research: proposals due by May 25, 2010

20 April 2010
ASG—National Sea Grant announces aquaculture research grant competition.

Students earn Rasmuson Fisheries Research Center Fellowships

12 April 2010
SFOS—Six students at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences have been awarded Rasmuson Fisheries Research Center Fellowships for the 2010-2011 academic year. Three students received renewals of existing fellowships and three received new fellowships.

Alaska Sea Grant to undergo national review

9 April 2010
ASG—The Alaska Sea Grant College Program will undergo a scheduled four-year review May 18–19, 2010. A federal Site Review Team will review and discuss the Alaska Sea Grant Program’s management and organization, stakeholder engagement, and collaborative network/NOAA activities.

MAP to hold marine refrigeration workshops for commercial fishermen

8 April 2010
MAP—The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program will conduct workshops in Southeast Alaska beginning later this month to teach commercial fishermen how to maintain, troubleshoot and better understand onboard refrigeration equipment.

Spring 2010 newsletter now online

2 April 2010
SFOS—Read about the many achievements of our faculty, staff and students in the new newsletter.

Kruse testifies before state legislature

26 February 2010
SFOS—On February 15, Gordon Kruse, President's Professor of Fisheries at the SFOS Juneau Center, testified before the Alaska legislature's House Finance Subcommittee on Fisheries. Kruse's testimony and presentation provided an overview of UAF's activities in fisheries and marine mammal research, as well as SFOS' partnerships with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

UA seeks state funding for marine extension in six coastal communities

23 February 2010
SFOS—The University of Alaska’s 2011 operating budget request to the Alaska Legislature includes $614,000 to permanently fund MAP positions in the six communities.

Juneau, Anchorage win first, second at Tsunami Bowl

17 February 2010
SFOS—For the fourth year in a row, high school students from Juneau took first place in the 13th annual Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl, also known as the Tsunami Bowl. South Anchorage High School’s Team Starfish won second place.

This year's NOSB competition is the biggest yet

4 February 2010
SFOS—Some 105 students representing 22 high school science teams from around the state will face off this week during the annual Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl.

UAF study examines economic impact of halibut-sablefish quota system

4 February 2010
ASG—A UAF study partially funded by Alaska Sea Grant examines the economic impact of fishery quota shares on Alaska coastal communities.

Crab hatchery biologist joins Alaska Sea Grant

2 February 2010
ASG—Jim Swingle joins Alaska Sea Grant to continue work on the Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology Program (AKCRRAB)

Signing ceremony scheduled for R/V Sikuliaq contract

1 February 2010
SFOS—The University of Alaska Fairbanks and Marinette Marine Corporation will host a ceremonial signing of the shipyard contract for the R/V Sikuliaq in Marinette, Wis. Friday, Feb. 5, at Marinette Marine Corporation. The signing ceremony will include a shipyard tour at 1 p.m., ceremonial signing at 3 p.m. and a reception at 5 p.m.

SFOS students win poster, presentation awards at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium

1 February 2010
SFOS—UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences students have won four out of the six student awards for best posters and presentations at the 2010 Alaska Marine Science Symposium.

Marine Advisory Program news highlights

1 February 2010
MAP—Recent news highlights from the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program

SFOS student blogs from Antarctica

1 February 2010
SFOS—Martin Schuster, a master's degree student in marine biology, is spending January and February in Antarctica as part of an NSF-funded photography expedition.

Faculty members receive Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards

28 January 2010
SFOS—Two professors at the University of Alaska Fairbanks were recently recognized for their contributions to ocean science and sustainability in Alaska.

University research vessel gets Alaska Native name

13 January 2010
SFOS—The University of Alaska Fairbanks has chosen a name for the 254-foot Alaska Region Research Vessel. The vessel will be called the R/V ‘Sikuliaq,’ pronounced [see-KOO-lee-auk.] Sikuliaq is an Inupiat word meaning “young sea ice.”

Pollock fleet donations top $10 million in 10 years

13 January 2010
SFOS—A group of pollock catcher-processor companies have donated more than $10 million to the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences during the last decade.