Commercial Seaweed Hatchery Coming to Southeast and Southcentral Alaska


UAS is working with Premium Oceanic (PO) on getting a permit from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) for a commercial seaweed hatchery. The hatchery is planned for the first floor of the Anderson Building (on Auke Bay across from the main Juneau campus) to promote a seaweed aquaculture business enterprise for coastal Alaska communities, especially in southeast and southcentral Alaska. Experimental out plantings are underway at a site just outside Auke Bay off Coughlan Island. PO has recently been working with oyster growers in coastal Alaska from Ketchikan to Kodiak Island for setting up commercial production of seaweeds. UAS will perform basic and applied research on the propagation and culture of several seaweed species that might be usable as commercial products and create a commercial seaweed hatchery which will provide “seed” for the individual “farmers.” PO will be underwriting most of the UAS effort as part of its investment toward the goal of making seaweed aquaculture a viable and profitable new business in Alaska.

Source: UA System Highlights 1-22-16

UAF Restarts Future Educators of Alaska with Clubs in Nome and BSSD

About 16 percent of teachers in Nome turn over every decade. In the Bering Strait School District (BSSD), the turnover rate is even higher: 28 percent.

According to Nome Superintendent Shawn Arnold, part of the problem is that so few rural educators are homegrown.

“A disproportionate number of teachers trained outside Alaska are hired to teach in Alaska’s rural schools,” he said. “These are the teachers coming up from the Lower 48. Many are new to the teaching profession, they’re just starting out their careers, and they’re unprepared for the cultural competence for living in a rural Alaska Native village.”

That’s why Nome Public Schools is helping to restart the Future Educators of Alaska. The program died five years ago, due to lack of funding, but the University of Alaska Fairbanks is bringing it back with a new federal grant. Read the full article here.

Source: KNOM Radio Mission

Latest McDowell Group Seafood Report Shows Job Growth

Harvesting Alaska seafood ranks between oil and tourism in economic impact, according to a new report detailing on the commercial fishing industry.

The Juneau-based economics firm McDowell Group released an updated study on the economic impacts of the commercial fishing industry on Jan. 19. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, a private-state collaboration designed to increase Alaska seafood’s worldwide value, contracted the report.

According to the report, seafood created 41,100 full time equivalent jobs and $2.1 billion in labor income between 2013 and 2014; 17,600 of the total were Alaska resident commercial fishermen, who took a total ex-vessel income of $735 million in 2014.

The report found a growth in seafood employment from 2010-14, with more resident fishermen, processors, and total earnings and harvest levels. In 2014, the state had 500 more seafood jobs than 2010, representing a $24 million payroll growth.

Read the full article here.

Source: The Alaska Journal of Commerce

US Military to Build New Billion-Dollar Icebreaker in Arctic

The US Coast Guard and two US Senators have called for the construction of a new icebreaker ship to counter Russia in the Arctic.

Faced with a growing Russian military presence in the Arctic, U.S. leaders are calling for a new billion-dollar icebreaker ship.

Sens. Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, and Angus King, a Maine independent, and Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft were among those calling for the advanced vessel at a recent event at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, CNN reports.

Read the full article here.

Source: Politics: Arctic-Info

Knapp Clarifies State’s Fiscal Distress Like a Superhero In a Zipper Sweater

An economist in a zipper sweater doesn’t normally bring to mind a superhero, but these are not normal times.

With Alaska teetering on the brink of financial disaster like a school bus hanging off a bridge, Gunnar Knapp — director of the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Institute of Social and Economic Research — has emerged as the most trusted voice for clearly explaining the complex mess. Four months from retirement, he finds himself speaking every day, in such demand that he has never worked harder.

Click on the picture to watch the video. Read the full article here.


Source: Alaska Dispatch News