Alaska Sea Grant welcomed Anne Doyle as their new program administrator, who oversees development, management, analysis, reporting and administration, and is based in Fairbanks. Doyle holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska and an MBA from Ashford University. She has worked at the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 2012, most recently as the business manager for UAF Nanook Recreation.
They also welcomed Lexa Meyer, who is joining Alaska Sea Grant as coordinator for seafood workforce development in Kodiak. Meyer will provide support for the Alaska Seafood School and Alaska Sea Grant’s statewide seafood processing workforce development program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Alaska Southeast and an art history degree from the University of Washington.
This webinar will take a broader, administrator-level look at offering postsecondary CTE programs in remote, blended and socially-distanced learning environments, including how institutions are planning for upcoming courses and the overall repercussions of the pandemic on CTE programs. Topics will include working with other institution leaders to make decisions about blended and socially-distanced models, creative approaches to the delivery of CTE programs in the context of those decisions, evaluating CTE program offerings and related staffing decisions in light of current budget situations and safety concerns, recruiting students in the current environment and utilizing CARES Act funds.
Alaska Sea Grant has online resources to help Alaskan seafood and fishing businesses respond to COVID-19-related issues. Included are webinars, a publication for managing business risk, and information on state and federal assistance programs.
Fifty fishermen from around the state gathered in Juneau in January for the eighth Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit (AYFS) for three days of training, networking and interacting with the Alaska State Legislature. Participants of the Alaska Sea Grant event were self-selected or sponsored by their fishing organization, skipper or CDQ group and came from Atka, the Pribilof Islands, Bristol Bay, Prince William Sound, Kodiak, King Cove, Homer, Sitka, Petersburg, Juneau, Anchorage, Girdwood, Fairbanks and Ester.
The goal of AYFS is to educate new commercial fishermen in the land-based aspects of running a sustainable commercial fishing operation. Topics this year included financial management, seafood markets, understanding the science and management of commercial fisheries, participating in the commercial fisheries regulatory process, and basic safety information. Over the three days, participants also developed valuable networks with each other and with industry leaders, which will serve them in their future businesses.