SITKA - Just a few decades ago, researchers were repurposing kitchen timers to test how deep marine mammals can dive. Now they can track the same animals in real time.
KETCHIKAN - More than half a dozen fish-centric University of Alaska community campuses around the state are educating an upcoming generation of fisheries technology professionals with the University of Alaska Southeast's fisheries technology program.
A professor of animal genetics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Natural Resources and Extension has estimated when and how brown, black and polar bears diverged - and that data offers some hope for polar bears' survival as the earth's climate warms.
This week's free Fireside Lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will focus on the secret lives of crabs and spot prawns.
PALMER - The Division of Agriculture is inviting the public to submit nominations for the 14th Annual Farm Family of the Year award that will be presented during the Alaska State Fair in August.
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Off the coast of Alaska, giant spider crabs 7 feet across crawl between submerged mountains the size of Mount Fairweather. In a few weeks, Juneau scientist Tom Shirley will be taking a tiny submarine and diving as deep as 15,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Alaska, part of an ocean exploration project studying a range of undersea mountains and the strange life forms that inhabit them.
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee this month approved $21 million for the Lena Point fisheries center - the last chunk of money needed to fund construction of the $50 million federal complex. The $21 million appropriation still needs approval by the full Senate and the House, which has approved $5.8 million for the project.
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Juneau residents have a chance to learn more about the fish that feed Alaska's economy in a lecture series organized by the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences this fall.
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