ANSEP Leads Summertime Career Development for Middle School Students

Each summer the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program hosts four STEM Career Explorations sessions that expose students to a particular facet of science, technology, engineering or math. Throughout the five-day component, students live on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus and participate in hands-on, team-based learning activities.

This year’s sessions highlight health, coding, marine science, and fisheries and wildlife biology through career exploration activities, experiments, projects and field experiences.

This component is an opportunity for students who previously attended ANSEP’s Middle School Academy to gain first-hand insight into the daily life of a STEM professional.

Source: ANSEP leads summertime career development for middle school students – The Alaska 100

UAF Research Vessel Sikuliaq Visits Nome

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R./V Sikuliaq arrived in Nome on June 24, after its first cruise.

The research vessel Sikuliaq made port in Nome in late June after a cruise, which began in Seward on May 31. The scientists on board have been doing research in the Bering Strait area and the southern Chukchi Sea. As part of the Strait Science lecture series at UAF’s Northwest Campus, senior scientist Seth Danielson gave a talk on the vessel’s voyage and the nature of its mission.

“This project is part of a multi-year program that’s funded primarily by the North Pacific Research Board,” said Danielson, the chief scientist aboard the vessel. “It’s called the Arctic Integrated Ecosystem Research Program. Our particular project within this program is called the Arctic Shelf Growth, Advection, Respiration and Deposition, Rate Measurement Project. ASGARD for short. In Norse mythology ASGARD is the homeland of the gods and it’s the most productive of all those homelands.”

The continental shelf in the Bering Strait region is remarkable in that it gets the biggest flux of nutrients of any inner continental shelf anywhere. “There’s a massive stream of nutrients that’s coming up from the Gulf of Anadyr, we call it Anadyr water, and it flows north into the Arctic Ocean through the Bering Strait closing the global freshwater balance,” said Danielson. Excess fresh water from the North Pacific goes through the Bering Strait and makes its way to the North Atlantic, where the ocean is saltier.

Read the full article here.

Source: UAF Research Vessel Sikuliaq Visits Nome – The Nome Nugget

 

Management Impact on Fishing Families Studied

Fishing FamiliesIn a series of workshops in five Alaska communities, National Marine Fisheries Service hopes to learn more about the impact of fisheries management on Alaska’s fishing families.

Perspectives on fishing family dynamics that emerge from the workshops will inform the next phase of this research, according to Marysia Szymkowiak, a social scientist with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Juneau, and Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.

Workshops have already been held in Juneau, Homer, Sitka, Anchorage, and Kodiak.

During the Anchorage workshop on May 7, several participants spoke about the value of family fisheries as a source of nutritional food, income and family dynamics, particularly in a multi-generational setting, for teaching the next generation a strong work ethic.

At fish camps, everyone has a job to do, and learns to take it seriously, they said. When there is work to be done related to the harvesting of fish and getting those fish then to processing facilities, everyone pitches in until those tasks are completed, and from such practices children learn the importance of hard work, making them more likely to be successful in their adult lives, they said.

“The inter-community themes that are emerging from these workshops are in and of themselves incredibly valuable for people and fisheries managers to understand,” Szymkowiak said.

The second component of this effort is for us to understand what kinds of research may need to follow these workshops, to dig more into specific items or questions that emerge from the discussions.

Szymkowiak noted that over recent decades Alaska’s fisheries have seen many regulatory, environmental, social and economic changes which could differentially affect the dynamics in fishing families.

One participating setnetter spoke of several generations of her large family engaged in commercial fisheries in rural Alaska, and the profound impact fishing as a family has had on their lives.

Principal investigators in the study include Szymkowiak, Sarah Marrinan of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, and Stephen Kasperski and Alan Haynie, both of Alaska Fisheries Science Center. NMFS plans to finalize the workshops by fall and summarize findings for distribution.

For more information about the study, contact Szymkowiak at marysia.szymkowiak@noaa.gov.

Source: Management impact on fishing families studied -The Cordova Times

USDOT’s Maritime Administration Joins National Maritime Workforce Conference

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The Maritime Administration (MARAD) was pleased to participate in the National Maritime Workforce Conference held in Texas earlier this month.

The conference brought together representatives from academia and industry professionals from across the country to focus on how to enhance and expand maritime, marine technology and port management workforce training at 2-year colleges. Representatives from technical and community colleges participated with MARAD alongside state maritime academies, universities, shipyards, port authorities and other maritime industry partners.

MARAD staff reported on the status of the United States Merchant Marine as well as offering an update on the latest news from the Maritime Administration. They also encouraged interested stakeholders to submit their comments on the docket in response to the Request for Comments on the Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE) application process, which was recently published in the Federal Register. MARAD is seeking comment on the proposed applicant guide; and, after review of the comments received, will publish a further Federal Register notice setting out the application process and requesting submission of applications for designation as a CoE.

The CoE designation program was established by the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Qualified training institutions seeking to be designated as a CoE will be required to apply to MARAD. MARAD may then enter into a cooperative agreement with a designated CoE to provide federal support, as outlined in the Federal Register notice, for the CoE’s maritime workforce training and education efforts. These training and education programs will open up greater career opportunities in the United States’ maritime industry, including providing opportunities for academic credit for prior military service or other related experience.

The conference further included panel discussions on innovative workforce programs and how colleges can align themselves with the maritime industry.

Please visit www.marad.dot.gov for further information on the work of the Maritime Administration and how it is supporting improvements to workforce training across the maritime industry in the United States.

(Alaska had a delegation of ten in attendance representing the University of Alaska, Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development Alaska Vocational Technical Center, Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium, and Vigor Alaska.)

Source: MARAD – By Rodney McNany

UA Fisheries, Seafood and Maritime Initiative Spring Update

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The University of Alaska (UA) has been collaborating with maritime industry representatives, state agencies, legislators and other training entities across the state since 2012 on the Fishing, Seafood and Maritime Initiative (FSMI). The goal of the initiative is to assess, develop and deliver training programs, raise awareness and further research to prepare Alaskans to meet current and emerging workforce, economic and scientific needs.

The FSMI Spring Update was released in May. Read the full report here.