Werner to Discuss Fisheries and Ocean Research Technology

Photo courtesy of Cisco Werner
Cisco Werner stands near the ice edge in Svalbard.
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: University of Alaska Fairbanks Murie Building auditorium

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) chief science advisor will talk about emerging technologies for fisheries and ocean research from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.

NOAA’s Cisco Werner will present the 2018 Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Keynote Seminar, sponsored by the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

Werner’s presentation in Fairbanks will be in the Murie Building auditorium. Streaming is available at media.uaf.edu.

Source: Werner to discuss fisheries and ocean research technology – UAF Cornerstone

Alaska Teacher to Join International Arctic Research Expedition


Photo courtesy of Moira O’Malley
Fairbanks teacher Moira O’Malley poses in front of the Arctic research ship Akademik Tryoshnikov, which she will live on for the next 55 days.

Oceanographers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks International Arctic Research Center embark this week for a 55-day research expedition in the eastern Arctic Ocean. This year, Fairbanks elementary school teacher Moira O’Malley will join the team.

“I am ecstatic about this opportunity,” O’Malley said.

O’Malley will write a daily blog, providing updates that are exciting, fun, and written to get youth interested and involved in Arctic research. Her second-graders at Watershed School in Fairbanks will be among many Alaska students and educators following along. Once a week, students will get to ask O’Malley questions about research and life on a 438-foot scientific vessel, the Akademik Tryoshnikov.

Source: Alaska teacher to join international Arctic research expedition – UAF News and Information

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

Photo by James Mason
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