Congratulations 2016 Fish Tech Graduates!

On April 29th, Fish Tech conferred degrees to 14 students. Many students earned more than one degree. In total, the program conferred 18 Occupational Endorsements, 5 Certificates, and 8 Associates’ of Applied Science. A number of students were able to attend the graduation ceremony here in Sitka, and fun times…

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Professor Joel Markis Leads Lab Courses in Ketchikan and Kodiak

Last month, Professor Joel Markis visited Ketchikan and Kodiak to teach two distance laboratory sessions of FT 111 Fisheries Management Techniques. Students had the opportunity to put theory to practice in freshwater and saltwater settings. Distance labs allow Fish Tech students to participate in hands-on training to complete their degree, while still taking…

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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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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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