Monthly Archives: April 2016

Diving program gives students tools and experience for underwater research

An undergraduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks confirmed the first cases of sea star wasting disease in decades at Kasitsna Bay and Jackalof Bay, two tiny bays on the outskirts of Kachemak Bay near Homer. Zachary Goeden was … Continue reading

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Social salmon may work together to navigate home

by Lauren Frisch Spawning salmon may pool their abilities and memories of what home smells like to navigate back to the waters in which they were born. “One of the patterns we see is that when the number of fish … Continue reading

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Study says weighing social factors can help sustain resources

by Lauren Frisch Human factors like culture and equity are often a missing piece in environmental research, but an international team of social scientists is aiming to change that. Their findings could help guide sustainable management of Alaska fisheries. In … Continue reading

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Fisheries management poses challenges to small-boat fishermen in Iceland

by Lauren Frisch Icelandic small-boat fishermen are dissatisfied with current fisheries governance and concerned about limited opportunities for entry for younger fishermen, according to research by University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists. Moving to Iceland was a big change for Catherine … Continue reading

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Noise pollution may affect behavior of endangered Cook Inlet belugas

by Lauren Frisch New research reveals that human noise pollution could affect the behavior of endangered beluga whales in Cook Inlet, and may add stressors that hinder population recovery. Sound is critical to many components of a whale’s daily routine. … Continue reading

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Study looks at loans to halt ‘graying of the fleet’

By Julia Herrmann, Kodiak Daily Mirror Young fishermen face challenges entering the fishing industry; that was the topic at the first forum during ComFish 2016. “Over the decades that we’ve all been here, some of us, we’ve seen and experienced … Continue reading

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Student Spotlight: Casey McConnell

For graduate student Casey McConnell, the lure of fish and fishing is irresistible. Growing up in Alaska, Casey spent part of his childhood in Hoonah, a small community on Chichagof Island about 30 miles west of Juneau, known for its … Continue reading

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