Alaska Sea Grant Invests Over $1 Million in Research

Alaska Sea Grant has awarded more than $1 million to six new research projects focused on critical coastal environmental and economic challenges in Alaska.

‘We selected these six because they are creative and innovative research projects that contribute to our focus areas in healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable fisheries and resilient communities and economies,’ said Ginny Eckert, Alaska Sea Grant research director.

Read the full press release here.

Source: Noodles Gateway to Facts

December Alaska Economic Trends

DecTrendsDecember Trends summarizes Alaska’s housing market indicators for the first half of 2015. Also this month we look at the top 5 percent of Alaska earners under the age of 30, and how Christmas hiring and yearly peaks in jobs and sales differ in Alaska.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

4th Annual FSMI Meeting Highlights Advancements in Maritime Training and Workforce Development

The University of Alaska, industry and agency partners continue to collaborate to address maritime workforce training needs through UA’s Fisheries Seafood Maritime Initiative. The need for skilled employees is ongoing, with one in seven jobs in Alaska being maritime related. During the fourth annual FSMI meeting in Anchorage Oct. 21, state, university and industry leaders met to share program successes, discuss the FY15 UA Maritime Education and Training Inventory and consider challenges and opportunities before them as they continue to address Alaska’s maritime workforce needs. Read the full article here.

Source: University of Alaska Statewide Voice

Internship Opportunity at University of Alaska on the RV Sikuliaq

SikuliaqThe MATE Center and the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) are pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for the 2016 MATE/UNOLS six-month internship through January 6, 2016.

Please share this with undergraduate students or recent graduates from an undergraduate program who you think would be interested and qualified.  Applicants must be ready to enter the job market in the field of marine technology with academic studies complete or near complete.  This is an incredible opportunity to work onboard a research vessel and be exposed to a wide range of technology and equipment. Flyers are available by contacting Nandita Sarkar, MATE Internship Coordinator, at

Location: R/V Kilo Moana at University of Hawaii and R/V Sikuliaq at University of Alaska

Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute Update

The Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute (ASPLI) session 1 was held in November at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center. Twenty two participants are attending the institute, from Alaska General Seafoods, APICDA, Coastal Cold Storage, Icicle Seafoods, Norton Sound Seafood Products, Peter Pan Seafoods, Silver Bay Seafoods, Trident Seafoods, Unisea, two direct marketers supported by the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation and a CES faculty member. They traveled from Ketchikan, Kodiak, Dutch Harbor, Naknek, Pilot Point, Larsen Bay, Homer, Nome, Unalakleet, Dillingham, Fairbanks, Anchorage and Seattle for the institute. The group includes individuals with titles of production manager, assistant plant manager, HR director, QC manager, field office coordinator, assistant fleet manager, production supervisor, first machinist, retort operator and plant owner.

The first intensive 5-day session included information on the business of seafood processing; seafood safety and quality as part of corporate identity; upcoming changes in requirements for seafood processors; innovations in seafood packaging and mecAPLIhanization and the DEC regulatory process. Lean manufacturing was the subject of a daylong session and another day was devoted to project management training. The group heard from long time plant manager Jim Majors and toured the Trident plant and Pickled Willys smoking operation in Kodiak. A local seafood chef prepared lunch each day and the group processed salmon jerky in the seafood processing pilot plant as a team building activity.

Over the winter, each participant will work with a mentor to complete a project of value to his or her company. In early March, the group comes back together in Anchorage for another 5 days of training with a focus on leadership, human resources, marketing and understanding and participating in the seafood regulatory process. Following the Anchorage class, a number of ASPLI participants will travel together to the International Seafood Expo in Boston.

ASPLI is an intensive professional development program offered by the Alaska Sea Grant Program targeting rising leaders in Alaska’s seafood industry. Funding for ASPLI is from participant fees, University of Alaska TVEP funds and Alaska Sea Grant. Coordinators are Marine Advisory faculty members -Dr. Quentin Fong (, Chris Sannito and Paula Cullenberg.