Alaska Sea Grant selects eight research projects

 

Sea Otters, Tokeen Bay 15

Photo by Deborah Mercy
One of the proposed research projects looks at the Southeast Alaska Sea Otter population boom and the effect that is having on local communities.

Deborah Mercy
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11/25/2013

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Sea Grant program has selected eight new research projects to accomplish over a two-year period.

“These projects are important to coastal communities in Alaska,” said Ginny Eckert, Alaska Sea Grant associate director for research. “They include partnerships, graduate students and fairly small budgets.”

Project topics include mammal-fishery interactions, the effect of climate change on sockeye salmon and the feasibility of a directed skate fishery. Additional projects include topics like habitat degradation from melting glaciers, the potential impacts of multi-year cold on Bering Sea ecosystems and a project on the graying of the commercial fishing fleet.

The eight projects were selected by a national panel of scholars from a pool of 27 submissions. Funding for the projects — which is through the National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — is contingent on Congress passing the National Sea Grant 2014-2016 budget.

ADDITIONAL CONTACT: Ginny Eckert, 907-786-5450, gleckert@alaska.edu.

ON THE WEB: http://seagrant.uaf.edu/research/project-directory.php

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