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Study Sustainable Ocean Farming

The Time is Now

The increasing demand for skilled professionals in fisheries and marine science, aimed at discovering innovative methods for cultivating ocean species for food, has led to a proactive response from the Applied Fisheries Program at the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka campus. 

Through strategic partnerships with industry stakeholders, the program has meticulously crafted a field-based semester intensive initiative. This program is tailor-made to provide students with the essential occupational training needed to seamlessly transition into the aquaculture workforce or pursue further education. 

Covering diverse aspects, from mariculture farm design to skiff operational and maintenance skills, students not only acquire practical knowledge but also establish meaningful connections with industry professionals, gaining valuable insights into the life of a sustainable ocean farmer.

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Student Experience

Salmon Enhancement

Through a series of interactive field trips throughout Sitka and the greater Southeast Alaska region, learn about and experience Pacific salmon hatcheries, with the potential for internship or employment opportunities.

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Learn about the principles, concepts and methods used in the production of shellfish, seaweeds and other mariculture species with an emphasis on techniques used by Alaskan producers. 

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Maritime Training

Develop essential skills for wroking on the water, such as small boat handling, outboard motor maitenance, cold water survival and more. 

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Program Faculty & Staff

Angela Bowers, M.S. (she/her)

Angela Bowers, M.S.

Assistant Professor

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Sara Ebersole, B.S.

Sara Ebersole, B.S.

Mariculture Program Coordinator

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Joel A. Markis, M.S.

Joel A. Markis, M.S.

Associate Professor

In his free time, Joel enjoys backcountry skiing, fishing, sailing, is an avid SCUBA diver and dive instructor, and generally likes spending time outside. He is passionate about teaching and Alaskan fisheries.

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Lauren Wild, Ph.D. (she/her)

Lauren Wild, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Alicia Ellingson, B.S. (she/her)

Alicia Ellingson, B.S.

Educational Content Creation Specialist

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UAS Sitka Campus

UAS Sitka specializes in distance-learning opportunities for students throughout Alaska and beyond. We aim to provide a place where everyone can enrich their lives and build a path to their future.

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