A fish tech training course is coming to Kodiak for the first time at the end of April. The University of Alaska Southeast is making it easy for future fisheries technicians and biologists to earn a degree with off campus labs and online courses.
April 18, 2016
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“This is going to give our students the opportunity to get out there and get some hands on experience. They will be doing stream survey techniques, fish capturing and handling, fish identification, and testing water qualities.”
Ashley Burns in Kodiak is one of six outreach coordinators for the Fish Tech Program. The labs are offered in five other areas in the state.
“This is the first time we will be offering this lab class here in Kodiak, but we do offer these types of lab classes throughout the state. Our Associated Professors travel with all the materials and go to areas that have a student base interest to take these classes. So we have done them in Homer, one in Anchorage. This month we are offering one in Ketchikan. You don’t have to be in Sitka to take these courses.”
The Fish Tech program is a great way for High school and college students or people already in the field to launch careers as a fish culturist, a habitat restoration tech, or a fisheries management assistant. The courses offer a wide variety of job opportunities in the industry.
“They would be able to work in salmon enhancement. It would help them working as a fish tech at the Department of Fish and Game, or working at a hatchery.”
The three day, one credit course covers both freshwater and marine habitats. Up to five students are needed to run the lab.
“It is an easy and fun way to get some credit, and it’s all in one weekend.”
This summer the Fish Tech Program is also offering Off the Grid courses. Students can get a waterproof Ipad on loan from UAS that is loaded with class lectures, videos, reading material and exams; allowing them to earn credits out at sea, remote fish sites, or wherever the student may be.Find links at our website Alaska Fish Radio
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