March 2016: Valdez Fisheries Development Association, INC., Hiring Fisheries Technician

This position will fall under the direct supervision of the Hatchery Manager, Assistant Hatchery Manager, or Fish Culturist, the Fish Technician I performs a variety of hatchery duties in the areas of egg take, incubation, rearing, harvest and laboratory. Read more.

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Closing the Cycle: Transforming Food Scraps into the Main Course

Companies are beginning to think creatively about the tons of food waste humans produce on a daily basis. One idea–converting this material so that it can be reused.   Fast forward to 10:14 to learn more about how Hermetia illucens, the black soldier fly, larvae can be used to produce fish feed.  …

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Nine newly certified SCUBA divers through the Fish Tech program!

This past weekend, Fish Tech’s first open water diver course came to an end. The course included classroom work and practice dives at the Blatchley Middle School pool, and concluded with four ocean dives in 45°. Despite the cold and snow, the beautiful clear ocean water helped maintain smiles through it…

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Fish Tech Outreach Coordinators Meet in Sitka

Outreach coordinators representing Bethel, Kodiak, Ketchikan, Homer, and Valdez met with Sitka staff and faculty earlier this fall. “Here in Alaska, the Coast Guard plays a large role in ensuring that fisheries are being maintained and operating appropriately. We have been working with USCG North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center…

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New Faculty Lauren Bell

Lauren Bell, MSc, joined the UAS Fish Tech team this fall. An Alaskan born and raised, Bell grew up in Homer, where the landscapes she loved were always there, but across Kachemak Bay. “I’m enamored with Sitka, the ocean is rich with life,” she says. The areas she explored as…

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Within Reach: Fish Tech Brings Salmon Culture Lab to Anchorage

I can hear the rain pounding on the roof of the make-shift, open air laboratory. Everyone on screen wears some type of fluorescent rain gear. Jim Seeland, a member of the UAS Fish Tech faculty, and I are watching a video in his office. He points out his six students.…

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Assistant Professor Jim Seeland’s Salmon Lab a Success

This October, Fish Tech professor Jim Seeland met up with students in Anchorage to take part in a hands-on orientation with Alaska’s fisheries. FT S230 Alaska Salmon Culture Lab gives Seeland’s students, who are primarily distance students, the chance to interact with their professor, hatchery staff, and fish. The course…

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Protected Ocean Space on the Rise

Kruzof Island seen beyond humpback whales. Creation of Marine Protected Areas worldwide will likely impact Alaska's marine biodiversity.

Kruzof Island seen beyond humpback whales. Creation of Marine Protected Areas worldwide will likely impact Alaska’s marine biodiversity.

“…At the same time conservationists have been pushing for new ocean reserves, marine scientists have documented that fully protecting large areas can have spillover effects by boosting fish populations. Some fish travel outside these areas and can be caught, making these restrictions more politically-palatable to local residents.

National Geographic explorer in residence Enric Sala, author of the new book “Pristine Seas: Journeys to the Ocean’s Last Wild Places,” calls these regions “fish banks,” in which fishing operators can draw down the interest without depleting the capital.

According to a 2009 study published by a group of researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Oregon State University and the National Marine Fisheries Service, no-take reserves on average produce four times as much fish and these fish are 25 percent larger. Larger fish produce many more offspring, which in turn migrate to neighboring areas where fishing can take place….”

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