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Inaugural year of ‘blue economy’ project underway

For towns such as Seward, who owe their existence largely to sea-based commerce in all its forms, the ocean is the nexus for nearly every aspect of life. As a superhighway for trade and travel and a source for nearly limitless bounty, the ocean provides many of the cornerstones that shape a healthy community.

OTIS Takes Second Shot at Blue Economy Challenges

A second annual challenge organized by proponents of the blue economy is seeking participants to identify difficulties in getting ocean related products to market and develop prototypes to do so.

Ocean Tech Sprint Hones Alaskans for Blue Economy Opportunities

There is a big push to develop the world’s oceans and Alaska aims to be a part of that blue economy. Alaska’s blue economy includes traditional sectors such as fisheries and tourism as well as  new ventures from underwater drones to biofuels to kelp beer.

Blue Pipeline extends application deadline

The Blue Pipeline business incubator will accept applications for its first cohort of businesses through the end of the month, an extension beyond the initial Sept. 12 deadline.

Discarded Fish Nets are Raw Material for Many Uses

Former fisheries observer turned university research scientist Nicole Baker is on a mission to recycle thousands of pounds of discarded fishing nets and ropes into new products. The key, said Baker, during a challenge workshop in Anchorage Sept. 8-9, is to get people to see all these nets not as waste, but as raw materials.

Marine Debris Program Participates in the Alaska Net Hack Challenge

On September 8, Peter Murphy, Alaska Regional Coordinator for the Marine Debris Program, presented at the inaugural Alaska Net Hack Challenge in Anchorage, with remote participation from Kodiak. Net hacks are events where participants work in teams to devise new and interesting solutions for what to do with retired or derelict fishing nets.

Winter salmon study planned for Gulf of Alaska

Plans are underway for the International Year of the Salmon in 2019, sponsored in part by the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission. The NPAFC has for 25 years promoted research collaboration among scientists in its five-member countries – Canada, Russian, Japan, Korea and the U.S.