Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center Annual Report

The Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center (KSMSC) is a unique facility including classrooms, laboratories, a test kitchen and a pilot seafood processing plant that enables the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) to provide a statewide program of research, technical assistance, workforce training and education. KSMSC is Alaska’s only workforce development and applied research center focused on the seafood processing/fishing industry, as designated by the Alaska State Legislature in 1983. KSMSC also serves the Kodiak Island communities as a regional marine research and education center.

UAF personnel working at KSMSC currently consist of four UAF faculty members (three Marine Advisory and one Fisheries) and three staff members all within the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS). In addition, the UAF Cooperative Extension Service’s 4-H coordinator works at KSMSC. Graduate students and visiting UAF faculty use the Center and a number of community groups make use of the space for meetings during the year.

Kodiak is the fourth largest seafood port in the nation and has a large resident seafood processing and fishing workforce, with plants operating 11 months a year. Statewide, the waters off Alaska produce over 60% of the nation’s seafood valued at $5.6B and the seafood industry is the state’s largest private employer with over 50,000 jobs. Kodiak Island also has a number of smaller outlying villages that have a strong subsistence economy based on marine resources, whose residents work with the faculty at KSMSC.

The Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center is a hub of applied research, training and technical assistance serving a statewide seafood industry audience. It supports food safety in Alaska and is recognized as a food process authority by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Take a look back at KSMSC’s accomplishments in their annual report.

Source: UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

Perseverance Led to Degree for Kotzebue Nurse

Scott West stands with his wife, Flor Maria, his son, Benjamin, and his daughter, Leah. – Courtesy of Scott West

Last year, five students graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage’s distance-learning nursing program through the Chukchi Campus. Scott West, 29, of Kotzebue, was one of them. His passion for nursing runs deep; he’s always appreciated the field and was inspired to enter it after he found himself facing an emergency situation with little access to help. The Sounder spoke with West about his career path.

Read the interview here.

Source: Perseverance led to degree for Kotzebue nurse – The Arctic Sounder

Alaska Sea Grant Awards Over $1 Million for Research

Alaska Sea Grant has selected six research projects for funding during 2018-2020, with the majority of the work getting underway next month.

The researchers will receive $1.3 million to study a diverse range of topics intended to help Alaskans understand, conserve and sustainably use the state’s rich marine and coastal resources. The research will advance knowledge in Sea Grant’s main focus areas: healthy coastal ecosystems, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, and resilient communities and economies. Six graduate students are involved, contributing to the next generation of science professionals in Alaska.

‘We received 47 pre-proposals and 18 full proposals. The six that we funded ranked highest in a rigorous peer-review process and will address critical needs for Alaska marine and coastal research,’ said Ginny Eckert, Alaska Sea Grant’s associate director of research. ‘The investigators work within the University of Alaska system as well as Alaska agencies and nonprofits with expertise in marine and social sciences.’

Alaska Sea Grant is part of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the National Sea Grant Program, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Learn more about the the funded projects and researchers here.

Source: Alaska Sea Grant



Alaska’s Fishing Fleet is Graying – A New Report Suggests Answers

With the 10,197 foot volcano Mount Redoubt towering above in the distance, the 42-foot drift gillnetter “Sosueme” nears the mouth of the Kasilof River during a sunny day in June 2005. (BILL ROTH / ADN archive 2005)

This summer, working as a deckhand on her father’s fishing boat in Cook Inlet, Georgeanna Heaverley realized she was right where she wanted to be.

Heaverley, 29, a Soldotna resident and recent University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate in physics, was coming into her own as a deckhand on the fishing vessel Benjana, named for her brother, Benjamin, and herself.

Being in the middle of Cook Inlet is an incredible experience and something I do not take for granted. It’s like nothing else,” she said last week. Sometimes, the work seems almost primal.

“The other piece of it is you are feeding the world.”

Young fishermen and women like her are an increasingly rare commodity, despite the general health of Alaska’s commercial fisheries, according to a series of fishing reports.

For four years, a research team has been examining the graying of Alaska’s fleet and what to do about it.

The most recent report, out last week, is called “Turning the Tide.” It recommends five steps to reverse what it calls troubling trends of an aging fleet, and a loss of access for rural residents to fish as a career. That goal also underpinned a conference that brought Heaverley to Anchorage, the Young Fishermen’s Summit.

Read the full article here.

Source: Alaska’s fishing fleet is graying, and that’s not a good thing. A new report suggests answers. – Anchorage Daily News

Kotzebue Woman Earns Nursing Degree

Last month, Kotzebue’s Savannah Saġainiq Jones, 21, became one of the region’s newest registered nurses. She, along with four other students, including fellow Kotzebue resident Tiffany Scott, earned her associate’s degree in nursing from the University of Alaska Anchorage and was recognized at a ceremony.

Read the interview with Jones about her academic achievement and hopes for the future.


Source: Kotzebue woman earns nursing degree – The Arctic Sounder

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