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Study aquaculture in Sitka

If you are a student interested in fisheries and aquaculture, we invite you to round out your studies with a field-based program in beautiful Sitka, Alaska! Join us for a semester of intensive experiential learning in the Fall of 2021 (August 26–December 13) for the Alaskan Aquaculture Semester (AKAS) program, run through the University of Alaska Southeast's Fisheries Technology program.

Sitka has developed a reputation as a stronghold for aquaculture within the state. There are three Pacific Salmon hatcheries in the region: the Sheldon Jackson Hatchery works in partnership with the Sitka Sound Science Center, and the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association of Sitka runs Medvejie Hatchery and the Sawmill Creek Hatchery. Medvejie is home to the most successful Chinook program in the Southeast region. In the AK Aquaculture Semester, you will have the opportunity to work with UAS faculty and with our local industry partners, learning about Pacific salmon enhancement in the classroom and in the field. In the program, you'll learn about the history and policies of Alaskan salmon culture, skiff handling and small engine maintenance techniques, and everything in between.

Hands-On Learning

AK Aquaculture Semester offers students from around the country the opportunity to take on an academic hands-on learning experience, studying fisheries sciences and practices with easy access to cold-water marine habitats and professional facilities.

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Sitka Sound

Open to the Pacific Ocean, the Sitka Sound features a raw coastline, abundant with invertebrates, whales, sea lions, otters, and seabirds – and multiple species of Pacific salmon, seaweeds and invertebrates!

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Develop Aquaculture Skills

Students study with hatchery professionals to practice cutting-edge salmon enhancement techniques and skills, and to develop a vast knowledge base of the science and history behind them.

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Small Boat Handling

Basic familiarity with boats and engines proves indispensable while working in the hatchery setting. Students learn how to prevent issues from arising, and to troubleshoot problems while out in the field.

Community engagement

In addition to gaining experience in field techniques and fish culture, students also get to be a part of the larger Sitka community, through miles of hiking trails, frequent potlucks, and a vibrant arts scene.

For more details, contact Angie Bowers at 907-747-7742 or by email.