Kodiak Embraces Commercial Harvest of Kelp – KMXT 100.1 FM

Commercial seaweed farming could be the hot new industry in Alaska, and Kodiak is getting in on it.

Blue Evolution, a company from the Lower 48 that turns seaweed into pasta products, has partnered up with both Alaska and out-of-state groups to harvest and process the super food in Kodiak.

According to Blue Evolution, the first harvest of the year in Ketchikan yielded less than expected because of high winds and otherwise bumpy weather. They’re holding out hope for Kodiak.

KMXT went with commercial fisherman Nick Mangini out into the waters of Trident Basin in the City of Kodiak.

Somewhere just beneath the surface of the ocean, his seaweed is ready for harvest.

Read the full article here.

Source: Kodiak Embraces Commercial Harvest of Kelp – KMXT 100.1 FM

Workforce Wednesday: Maritime Industry Apprenticeships

The Calista Corporation has partnered with AVTEC in Seward for an entry-level apprenticeship program aimed at high school students and graduates.

Cari-Ann Carty with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium says students will learn nautical and shoreside skills, how to navigate in the waters of Alaska, as well as get certifications and on-the-job training. Students will also have access to a state of the art simulator to hone their navigation skills.

Brenda Pacarro, with the Calista Corporation, said the organization recognized the need for Alaskans to receive training in order to be more employable. Pacarro wants the maritime industry to know it has trained and motivated candidates ready to enter the workforce.

There are scholarships available and Carty said there are a few requirements. For example, candidates need to be drug and alcohol free.

Those interested in scholarships or funding can get in touch with the Calista Corporation. Students or graduates interested in the apprenticeship program can visit the website, akmaritimeapp.com to apply or learn more.

To watch the full Workforce Wednesday video segment, click here.

Correction: In the video, Carty said the pay for deckhands was $250 an hour.  The pay averages about $250 per day.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Maritime industry apprenticeships | KTVA 11

Workforce Wednesday: Careers in the Maritime Industry

Careers in Alaska’s maritime industry are high paying, and have a huge impact on the economy. Jobs can be varied from seafood harvesting, offshore oil and gas to arctic research.

Cari-Ann Carty with Alaska Process Industry Consortium (APICC) called the career “high-dollar, blue-collar” work, as a starting wage is around $60,000 a year. She added it’s a lifestyle, because most people work about six months out of the year, and the benefits are great, as well.

Terry Federer, an instructor with the Alaska Vocational Training Center (AVTEC) in Seward, mentioned the maritime training department is the biggest one within the center. There are multiple career paths available, such as working up to being captain, or becoming a marine engineer. Federer said the ice navigation course it developed is the only United States Coast Guard approved course in the world.

For more information on how to get a career started, head to AVTEC.edu or APICC’s website. Additional maritime training and employment opportunities can be found at here.

To watch the Workforce Wednesday video segment, click here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Careers in the maritime industry | KTVA 11

Alaska Sea Grant Hosts Free Science Symposium in Kodiak

Alaska Sea Grant will host the Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium from April 18-21 at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center. The event connects the Kodiak community to regional marine science research.

The symposium provides a forum for researchers to share their findings with other scientists and the public. It also offers an opportunity for fishermen and other residents to understand how Kodiak’s marine environment and resources function, change and affect them. In addition, the symposium can help researchers plan integrated, cooperative and community-inspired marine research.

Topics will include climate change and its effects on Alaska fisheries and seabirds, underwater archaeology, marine debris removal, socioeconomic risks of military training in the Gulf of Alaska, ocean acidification and paralytic shellfish poisoning. The subject matter will be organized thematically, with a cross-disciplinary approach to encourage dialogue among disciplines.

This is the third Kodiak symposium; it was most recently held in 2014. New this year, each session will be followed by a facilitated discussion to engage participants.

The symposium is free and open to the public. An agenda and more information are available online.

Alaska Sea Grant is a statewide marine research, education and outreach program operated as a partnership between the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program agents provide assistance that helps Alaskans wisely use, conserve and enjoy marine and coastal resources.

Source: Alaska Sea Grant hosts free science symposium in Kodiak – Alaska Business Monthly