Workforce Wednesday: Young Fishermen’s Summit

Last week on Workforce Wednesday, a special event was highlighted that could jump-start your career in the Commercial Fishing Industry.

The event is the 2017 Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit. Noah Sunflower with The Alaska Marine Conservation Counsel joined Daybreak to talk about the event.

“The summit will focus on building leadership and networking capacity in the Alaska commercial fishing industry through three days of intensive training,” Noah explained. “The program features industry leaders providing insights on fishing business management, the fisheries management process, and the role of Alaska seafood in the global marketplace.”

Although there won’t be opportunities to apply for work at the summit, the event will provide invaluable experience that will give anyone a leg up when looking to break into the industry, as well as give connections to help you find work.

The Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit is December 6-8 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage.

Watch the Workforce Wednesday segment here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Young Fishermen’s Summit

Alaska November Economic Trends

TrendsNov2017Each November we estimate employment in Alaska seafood harvesting, which was down 5 percent last year, mainly due to losses in salmon fisheries.

Also in the November issue, we check up on Alaska’s breweries, which we reported in 2013 were growing rapidly and which have continued to grow despite the state recession. Alaska now has 35 breweries, even in communities as small as Skagway and Gakona, and more Alaskans are buying Alaska craft beer, even as overall beer consumption has decreased.

Also this month, Alaska’s workplace fatalities have continued a long decline that began in 1992, when we started the series. At that time, Alaska had the highest rate of workplace deaths in the nation, and as of 2015, fatalities have dropped almost down to the national level.

Read the November Alaska Economic Trends.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

New Joint UAS-UAF Fisheries Degree Available for Undergraduates

Casey McConnell gets up close and personal with a chum salmon that returned to Salmon Creek at the DIPAC hatchery in Juneau. Photo by Peter Westley.

Juneau – The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) has approved the UAS-UAF Joint Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences with a concentration in Fisheries Science. The new degree is aimed at increasing the number of students who earn an undergraduate fisheries degree in Alaska, and are prepared to work in fisheries industry, management and research positions. The new joint degree program is a direct outcome of the University of Alaska’s Strategic Pathways process–expanding opportunities for students through collaboration between the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) faculty.

Students will be able to complete the 4-year degree at the Auke Lake campus in Juneau, taking required courses locally at UAS and UAF-Lena campus, and remotely through UAF-Fairbanks campus. Fisheries graduates frequently go to work with tribal, state and federal fisheries agencies like the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and NOAA, and in private sector industry jobs. Others enroll in graduate programs in fisheries and ocean sciences. UAS and UAF expect an increase in the number of students that enroll in the fisheries and ocean sciences degrees now that the joint program has been approved. Admission of new students into the program will begin in the spring 2018 semester.

For more information about the UAS-UAF Joint Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences with a concentration in Fisheries Science, please contact the chair of the Natural Science Department, Dr. Sherry Tamone at

Source: New Joint UAS-UAF Fisheries Degree Available for Undergraduates | Alaska Native News

STEM Advocates Build Network for Classrooms to Connect with Local Experts

Brenda Taylor addresses teachers and would-be collaborators at a SouthEast Exchange STEM networking event.
(Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)

Holding the attention of tomorrow’s scientists and engineers can be tricky. Fortunately, Juneau is rife with professionals who work in those fields every day.

A group of local STEM — or science, technology, engineering and math — advocates is working on a database to make it easy for teachers to connect bookwork with real world work and find those professionals.

“From mining expertise and engineering, kind of geology, we have the glacial, we have University of Alaska Southeast, University of Alaska Fairbanks has fisheries here, we have NOAA fisheries, we have all the state organizations,” said Jordan Watson, a fisheries scientist at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. “We have so many different expertise here and in such a small town, it would seem a shame to not be using it in the classrooms.”

He and other members of SouthEast Exchange, or SEE, wanted to find a way to bring all of those resources to teachers. They hosted a networking event recently to help bridge that gap.

About 150 educators and STEM professionals came to network and register in SEE’s directory.

Read the full article here.

Source: STEM advocates build network for classrooms to connect with local experts – KTOO Public Media

UAF Launches New Master’s Degree in Marine Studies

Weathered rocks adorn the shore of Kachemak Bay on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, with Augustine Volcano on the horizon. Photo by Brenda Konar

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has launched a new Master of Arts degree in marine studies to prepare graduates for science-based management jobs.

The program, created by the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), gives students a background in scientific processes without requiring them to complete a research-based thesis. Students can select courses from the college’s oceanography and marine biology programs, and focus in marine ecology, organismal biology, ecosystem processes or oceanography.

The degree program provides students with the scientific background and training to be competitive in securing positions within state, federal and tribal organizations in Alaska and elsewhere.

The marine studies degree is primarily project-oriented, but students will still have access to excellent opportunities to conduct laboratory research and fieldwork within CFOS.

CFOS is now accepting applications for this program. Visit the CFOS website for more information on the program’s requirements.

CONTACTS: Lauren Frisch, 907-474-5350, and Brenda Konar, 907-474-5028,

Source: UAF launches new master’s degree in marine studies – Alaska Business Magazine