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2011 News Archive

Alaska Sea Grant now taking applications for 2013 National Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

22 December 2011
ASG—Alaska Sea Grant is now taking applications for the 2013 National Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Application deadline is Feb. 17, 2012

Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit makes news

22 December 2011
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Alaska Sea Grant Holiday Open House and Gift Sale

22 November 2011
ASG—Alaska Sea Grant will host its annual open house and holiday sale Thursday, December 1, 2011, from 2–6 p.m in the Wells Fargo Bank Building just off campus. Save 25% on all Alaska Sea Grant and UA Press products and publications!

Alaska Sea Grant research biologist Ben Daly speaks to KMXT-FM about blue king crab hatchery research

21 November 2011
ASG—Ben Daly, Alaska Sea Grant research biologist with the Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology (AKCRRAB) program, recently spoke to KMXT radio's Jay Barrett in Kodiak about the success of Kodiak's blue king crab rearing program.

New Publication from Alaska Sea Grant: Saving Fuel on Your Recreational or Charter Boat

20 November 2011
MAP—Saving Fuel on Your Recreational or Charter Boat is the latest in the Alaska Sea Grant Sea Gram series of informative bulletins about Alaska marine and coastal topics. Learn how to calculate fuel consumption and range; minimize inefficiencies in boat fuel use; choose, set up, and operate a boat engine for best fuel economy; and operate a boat for peak efficiency.

Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program to bring popular fishing vessel refrigeration workshop to Kodiak

31 October 2011
ASG—The Marine Advisory Program (MAP) and Integrated Marine Systems will bring their popular fihsing vessel refrigeration training workshop to Kodiak November 29 at the UAF Fisheries Industrial Technology Center.

Homer Tribune - UAF associate professor Reid Brewer presents lecture: "Octopus and other creatures run wild" during National Wildlife Refuge Week at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer

19 October 2011
SFOS—UAF associate professor Reid Brewer presents lecture: "Octopus and other creatures run wild" during National Wildlife Refuge Week at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer

Alaska high school students prepare for 2012 ocean science competition

19 October 2011
ASG—A select group of teenagers, representing 20 high schools across the state, recently declared their intent to compete in the Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl.

Fishing People of the North symposium to discuss social, environmental change

6 September 2011
ASG—An international symposium will bring together fishery and social scientists, indigenous people, fishermen, community activists, and others to explore ways fisheries managers can incorporate social and environmental change into resource management decisions.

KMXT public radio in Kodiak - FITC scientists study the potential of freeze-dried sockeye salmon as astronaut food. (3 min. MP3)

16 August 2011
KSMSC—KMXT public radio in Kodiak - FITC scientists study the potential of freeze-dried sockeye salmon as astronaut food. (3 min. MP3)

KMXT public radio in Kodiak reports on the politics surrounding genetically modified salmon in Alaska - The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett. (15 min. MP3)

11 August 2011
KSMSC—KMXT public radio in Kodiak reports on the politics surrounding genetically modified salmon in Alaska. 15 minute MP3.

Alaska commercial fishing groups donate to king crab research

9 August 2011
ASG—Alaska commercial fishing groups have donated $25,000 to support research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences to grow king crab in hatcheries.

Fish Tech Center’s role expanded, redefined

9 August 2011
SFOS—After months of review, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Fishery Industrial Technology Center is taking steps to reinvent itself to better serve the state.

Sea Grant, Kodiak Center and USDA researchers develop new freeze-drying method

9 August 2011
SFOS—SFOS researchers develop new freeze-drying method that makes use of salmon processing leftovers.

SFOS student Charlotte Regula-Whitefield achieves breakthrough spawning sea cucumbers in captivity

17 July 2011
SFOS—SFOS student Charlotte Regula-Whitefield achieves breakthrough spawning sea cucumbers in captivity

UAF experts say shellfish toxin likely to be a problem again this year

28 May 2011
ASG—Ocean conditions that last year triggered algal blooms and outbreaks of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) appear to be present again this summer.

Marine Advisory Program launches website with tools, videos, resources to help coastal communities adapt to climate change

27 May 2011
ASG—MAP unveils a new website that offers resources to help individuals and communities cope with climate change.

Juneau high schoolers to unveil rebuilt sea otter skeleton

19 May 2011
SFOS—Seventeen Thunder Mountain High School students in a University of Alaska Fairbanks marine science class will unveil the reassembled skeleton of a sea otter this Friday, May 20, at the Thunder Mountain High School library, at noon.

Gradinger takes over as associate dean

13 May 2011
SFOS—Rolf Gradinger, associate professor of biological oceanography, has been appointed to the role of associate dean for the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

UAF installs first ocean acidification buoy in Alaska waters

11 May 2011
SFOS—A new set of buoys in Alaska waters will help scientists understand how climate change may be affecting the pH level of northern seas. Researchers placed the first buoy last month.

Ocean scientists to gather for Sikuliaq science workshop

6 May 2011
SFOS—About 40 scientists and agency representatives will gather in Marinette, Wisconsin for an early briefing on the science capabilities of the University of Alaska Fairbanks research vessel Sikuliaq. The ship, which is being constructed at Marinette Marine Corporation, will be 261 feet long and the most capable vessel in the United States academic fleet.

SFOS student earns Fulbright scholarship

4 May 2011
SFOS—Catherine Chambers, a doctoral student in the University of Alaska Fairbanks fisheries program, has received a Fulbright scholarship to study northern fishing communities and how they adapt to change.

Juneau high school team becomes first policy briefing champion at National Ocean Sciences Bowl finals

4 May 2011
SFOS—A team of five Juneau-Douglas High School students won the policy briefing section of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl held April 29 to May 1 in Galveston, Texas.

Port Valdez invertebrates stabilized 26 years after quake

22 April 2011
SFOS—It took 26 years for marine invertebrates living on the Port Valdez seafloor to stabilize after Alaska's Great Earthquake of 1964, according to a scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

UAF, Marinette Marine, NSF celebrate Sikuliaq keel-laying

13 April 2011
SFOS—The keel-laying ceremony for the R/V Sikuliaq was held on Monday, Apr. 11, in Marinette, WI. More than 80 people attended the ceremony. Vera Alexander and Bob Elsner served as co-sponsors for the Sikuliaq, and their initials were welded into a steel plate that will be affixed to the Sikuliaq's keel for its working life.

Keel-laying ceremony to be held April 11 for R/V Sikuliaq

7 April 2011
SFOS—The University of Alaska Fairbanks and Marinette Marine Corporation will host a keel-laying ceremony for the R/V Sikuliaq at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, at Marinette Marine Corporation in Marinette, Wis.

Castellini to speak on future of Alaska polar marine research, R/V Sikuliaq

5 April 2011
SFOS—For the first time, an ice-strengthened ship in the national research fleet will be dedicated for use by scientists to study the Arctic Ocean and its creatures.

Castellini to lead School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

9 March 2011
SFOS—Michael Castellini has been selected as the dean of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Castellini has served as interim dean since last June.

Kodiak lands new Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program agent

3 March 2011
ASG—Julie Matweyou, a Kodiak fisherman and environmental scientist, has been hired to fill the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program position in Kodiak.

FITC students win awards at 2011 Pacific Fisheries Technologists Conference

1 March 2011
SFOS—Two interdisciplinary master’s degree students at the UAF Fishery Industrial Technology Centerearned awards at the 62nd annual Pacific Fisheries Technologists Conference held February 13-16 in Vancouver, B.C.

SFOS scientists contribute to award-winning book Life in the World's Ocean

16 February 2011
SFOS—A book by the Census of Marine Life, with chapters by SFOS scientists, has won two national awards. The book, Life in the World’s Ocean: Diversity, Distribution, and Abundance, by Alasdair McIntyre, won two American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) awards. One of the awards was for excellence in physical sciences and mathematics. The second award was for excellence in earth sciences. The book features two chapters written by SFOS scientists.

Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program floats fishermen training program, seeks public, industry comment

11 February 2011
ASG—Alaska Sea Grant is asking Alaska coastal community residents and the fishing industry whether a fisherman training program should be established at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Juneau team takes fifth consecutive Tsunami Bowl trophy

9 February 2011
SFOS—Can you name the chemical that is the principal source of energy at many of Earth’s hydrothermal vents? Seth Brickey can tell you: The answer is “hydrogen sulfide.”

Interim Dean Mike Castellini's reflections on former staff member Laura Fenton

8 February 2011
SFOS—We learned today that Laura Fenton passed away this last weekend. Laura worked for us at SFOS here in Fairbanks from 1996 until 2004 and I still remember her great laugh and attitude.

FITC to offer Brown Bag Lunch Seminar Series

8 February 2011
SFOS—Beginning today, February 8, the Fishery Industrial Technology Center will be offering a Brown Bag Lunch Seminar Series on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

Alaska Sea Grant taps local biologist for Marine Advisory Program agent in Nome

3 February 2011
ASG—Nome resident and state marine mammal biologist Gay Sheffield has been hired as the new Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program (MAP) agent for the Bering Strait region.

Alaska Marine Science Symposium talks available as podcasts

1 February 2011
SFOS—View www.sfos.uaf.edu/amss for SFOS speakers' podcasts or www.alaskamarinescience.org for all podcasts.

High school ocean sciences experts to gather in Seward

31 January 2011
SFOS—The 14th annual Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl, also called the Tsunami Bowl, will be held in Seward this weekend, Feb. 4-6. The competition is hosted by the UAF Seward Marine Center.

Interim Dean Castellini's reflections on former student Kevin Engle

31 January 2011
SFOS—As many of you know, we heard the sad news this last week that Kevin Engle, one of our past SFOS students, passed away last week. The Chancellor’s note about Kevin to the UAF community told Kevin’s recent history as a staff member with the Geophysical Institute, but many at SFOS also remember when Kevin was a student with us.

SFOS students win best poster awards at Alaska Marine Science Symposium

24 January 2011
SFOS—SFOS students Mandy Keogh, Shiway Wang and Wesley Strasburger won the best student poster awards at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium last week in Anchorage. SFOS students earned three out of the four awards.

Mathis wins Alaska Ocean Leadership Award

20 January 2011
SFOS—Jeremy Mathis, assistant professor of chemical oceanography, has received the Alaska Ocean Leadership Award for Marine Research. The award was given by the Alaska SeaLife Center at the Alaska Marine Gala on Sunday, Jan. 16.

Marine biology graduate student earns Encyclopedia of Life Fellowship

13 January 2011
SFOS—Elizaveta Ershova, a Ph.D. student in marine biology at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, has been selected as an Encyclopedia of Life Rubenstein Fellow.

Record number of marine scientists to attend Alaska Marine Science Symposium

13 January 2011
SFOS—A record-breaking 840 marine scientists, fisheries experts, oceanographers and graduate students from around the world will converge in Anchorage next week for the 2011 Alaska Marine Science Symposium.