February 13, 2014
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There is a severe shortage of fish techicians and biologists in Alaska’s largest industry and a new outreach program aims to fill the bill.
Some of the positions for fisheries technicians include fish culturist, fishery observer, fish and wildlife surveyor, habitat restoration technicians, stream surveyors, fishery management assistant, and also work as a hatchery technician as well. 6
Kaitlin Kramer in Valdez is one of six outreach coordinators located also in Petersburg, Kodiak, Homer, Sitka and Dillingham. They work for the University of Alaska/Southeast; the Fish Tech program is headquartered at Sitka.
Our role with the program is to reach out to the communities where we live and help promote the fisheries technology program, try to recruit students, facilitate internships with local industries – we basically act as a bridge for the students in the program to the program which is based in Sitka. 2
Two programs are offered – Fisheries Technology certification and an Associates of Applied Science in Fisheries Technology. All classes are available to students on their computers.
The classes are recorded on line with instructors in Sitak and as long as you have internet conncection students can veir on their own time. Or they have the option of sitting in live as the class is being taught. 9
Classes follow the college semester schedule, Kramer says, but people can tune in when it’s convenient.
A lot of people in the fisheries have openers and they are busy with their boats and they don’t have time to sit down every Wednesday or whatever, so we record it for them and they can work on their own time. So we are trying to make it accessible for people who are already in the field as well. 11
Kramer says most people are surprised at the wide range of good jobs in the seafood industry, beyond catching and processing fish.
A lot of people don’t realize anything about this degree or even what people in the fisheries technician world do. It’s fun to let them know that there are options available and the state of Alaska is so huge and there are so many opportunities throught the state, and it’s kind of like opening up a whole new world. So this program is really trying to reach out throughout Alaska and let people know that even in your community there is something related.
The Fish Tech program offers scholarships and internships and registration opens in late April.
Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication. (www.oceanbeauty.com) In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.