Seagriculture USA

11 - 12 September 2024

Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

The Alaska Aquaculture Semester: Are we cultivating the skills your industry needs?

Angela Bowers, Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Southeast, USA

About speaker:

Angie has been working in Alaska Aquaculture since 2006, and has been teaching at the University of Alaska Southeast in Sitka since 2018. She has developed a hands-on learning program in Sitka, where students come from all over the United States and Canada to learn the skills they need to get into sustainable ocean farming including hatchery and farming techniques, permitting and site selection, maritime skills, culinary arts, indigenous perspectives, social license and more!  


The Applied Fisheries program at UAS in Sitka offers courses in fisheries management and aquaculture. They offer distance-delivered courses that you complete at your own pace as well as hands-on, semester-long intensive programs in diving and aquaculture.



The University of Alaska’s Applied Fisheries program in Sitka offers a semester-long program in Alaska Aquaculture where students learn the ins and outs of sustainable ocean farming in Alaska.  This program teaches students to think critically about the developing industry and how it can impact its coastal communities, how to be innovative with product development and farm design, and it provides basic skills like skiff operation, knot tying and how to be prepared for emergencies working on the water in Alaska. This talk highlights students experiences and asks for feedback from industry on what else they will need in this developing workforce.