Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The University of Alaska Southeast is preparing students to work in the emerging mariculture industry.
Associate Professor Joel Markis, the program director of Applied Fisheries, was among the guests on Action Line. He said UAS is involved in mariculture in a number of different ways. "One of the primary ways is through workforce training. We have an applied fisheries program that focuses on getting students introduced in the industry in aquaculture and mariculture and so we tech students about those industries and try and give them a skill set that gives them an opportunity to get employment in those sectors."
Brian Holst, the executive director of the Juneau Economic Development Council, joined Professor Markis on the program and talked about an upcoming conference on mariculture. "We are just really pleased that the conference is going to occur here in Juneau in February."
He said the council and the Southeast Conference are supporting the implementation of the University of Alaska conference. "It's going to be an exciting three day event to really bring some focused attention on the opportunities for mariculture."
The conference is scheduled from February 22nd through the 24th.