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We're proud to bring students to Sitka for intensive semesters of study alongside the leading aquaculturists and fisheries scientists of Southeast Alaska. Amidst stunning wildlife and biodiversity, students gain a deep understanding of each unique corner of Alaskan mariculture. Field trips to streams and hatcheries inform a full understanding of fish biology and stock enhancement techniques. Sitka is a stronghold of the Alaskan fisheries and aquaculture industrues, and the perfect site to launch a unique career path in marine science.

Aquaculture Semester Core (13 Credits)

In this overview course, students will learn the basic principles of Pacific salmon enhancement and hatchery management.

An introduction to the principles, concepts and methods used in the production of seaweed, shellfish and other mariculture products with an emphasis on the techniques used by Alaskan producers.

Students study basic fish anatomy, physiology, and learn about common diseases found in fish species throughout Alaska.

A hands-on lab-based experience. Students will take a closer look at salmon culture techniques in action, as they are performed and applied in hatcheries in and around Sitka.

Learn to safely operate a small vessel in Alaskan waters. Covers navigation, rules of the road, trip planning including weather, radio operation, line handling and vessel operation including a practice session on the water. Foul weather/rain gear may be required.

An introduction to outboard systems that need maintenance and upkeep for efficient operation. Ignition, carburetion power head and lower unit systems will be studied emphasizing preventive maintenance.

This course consists of classroom instruction, pool skills, and ocean experiences. Topics include: hypothermia, dressing for cold, PFDs and their uses, retrieving someone who falls overboard, radio calls, and survival suit and raft training.

This course is an opportunity for students to apply their Pacific salmon enhancement techniques and coursework in a professional aquaculture setting. Students will be matched with local facilities to further practice and develop their hands-on hatchery techniques and skills.

Demonstration of aquatic plant farming featuring strings of baby kelp, algae, net pens and profesor Angie Bowers

Supplementary Courses

UAS offers several other fisheries and marine skills courses that you can take to supplement your Salmon Culture Semester core. These courses include:

You can find more information about UAS's Fisheries Technology program course offerings in the UAS Academic Catalog.

Other Course Offerings

A number of other courses are available for you to consider taking at the Sitka campus, including:

Natural History of Alaska, Flora of Southeastern Alaska, Tlingit Language, Wheel Throwing, Ceramics, Northwest Coast Art, Construction, Welding, Yoga, and Fitness.

The salmon life cycle exhibited by photos of salmon roe (eggs), aelvin, and fry. The fry are being dissected on a fish pathology lab tray.


Credit transfers

The University of Alaska Southeast's Aquaculture Semester is designed to complement your studies at your current college or university. To verify that credits will transfer, you should consult with an adviser at your home institution. We also welcome post-graduate students interested in developing specific aquaculture skills, and students jump-starting a degree program at UAS; talk to the Aquaculture Semester faculty to learn more about enrollment options.

All classes will be held at the UAS Sitka Campus or at local field sites. Classrooms are equipped with Smart Boards and wireless internet. Small class sizes ensure you will receive personal attention from our top-notch faculty. Transportation related to fieldwork will be provided by the university.