Trent Sutton, Associate Professor
In early March 2011, I was invited by the Danube Delta Biosphere Research Authority (DDBRA), located in Tulcea, Romania, to attend and present at the International Conference on the Conservation, Recovery, and Sustainable Use of Danube River Sturgeons. The conference was held 30-31 March 2011 in Tulcea, Romania, and the DDBRA sponsored my travel expenses for this trip. The goal of the conference was to facilitate the exchange of experiences and dialogue between national and international experts on the recovery and restoration of imperiled sturgeon stocks in the Danube River. Currently, there are six species of sturgeon in the drainage (Atlantic, stellate, sterlet, ship, Russian, and beluga sturgeon), and all six species are highly imperiled. [Read more]
Keith Criddle, Professor
Dr. Keith Criddle travelled to Yokohama, Japan, from June 24-26, 2010, to participate in a meeting of the PICES Study Group on Human Dimensions. The Study Group was formed to: review how social science has been used/applied globally and regionally in Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management and the theoretical basis for these practices; review the social scientific tools and information available for EBFM in PICES member countries; develop an inventory of practices for use of social economic information appropriate to the circumstances in each of PICES member countries; and prepare a final report on activities and findings of the group and make recommendations on the desirability of establishing an expert group related to socio-economic sciences within PICES and on the role of such group. [Read more]
Keith Criddle, Professor
Foreign Travel Report – Helsinki, Finland
June 17-19, 2010
Dr. Keith Criddle travelled to Helsinki, Finland, from June 17-19, 2010, to participate in the 2010 World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling. The meeting took place at Hanasaari – the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Center. The conference was organized by the Resource Modeling Association and featured 30 speakers from around the world. Topics included biomathematical and bioeconomic models of fisheries, forestry, pathogen infestations, fire behavior, and water use.
Dr. Criddle presented a paper "Management of coupled nonstationary dynamic bioeconomic systems" and commenced a 2-year term as president of the Resource Modeling Association.
Amanda Rosenberger, Assistant Professor
In April of 2010, I travelled to Adelaide, Australia to participate in ongoing fisheries research taking place in the Lake Eyre Basin. My primary collaborator and host, Dale McNeil, works for the South Australian Research Institute and is investigating recovery of fish populations in the Lake Eyre Basin. This basin is typically a quite dry, desert environment - what you would expect of Australia's outback - but this area has recently experienced a drought that was severe even by Lake Eyre standards. This drought lasted for three years, seriously decreasing the availability of water in the basin and knocking back aquatic animals to extremely restricted distributions. For the past three years, however, Lake Eyre has been experiencing normal amounts of rainfall, restoring many of its waterholes and dry riverbeds. This allows us an unprecedented opportunity to document and study mechanisms for fish recovery in an area with a history of drought and stochastic availability of water - suggesting that multiple evolutionary mechanisms may have evolved for continued persistence in this harsh environment. [Read more]
Gordon Kruse, Professor
During October 31 – November 9, 2009, I traveled to the Warnemünde, Germany. The purpose of this travel was to participate in the ICES/PICES/UNCOVER Symposium on "Rebuilding Depleted Fish Stocks – Biology, Ecology, Social Science and Management Strategies" held during November 3-6, 2009. My role in the symposium was four-fold. [Read more]
Gordon Kruse, Professor
During October 18-30, 2009, I traveled to the Republic of Korea. During the first two days (October 20-21) I visited with the Korean National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) in Busan. I was invited by Dr. Chang Ik Zhang of Pukyong National University and hosted by Dr. Jae Bong Lee of NFRDI. I gave an invited presentation, titled "The Demise of the Red King Crab Fishery off Kodiak Island, Alaska and its Failure to Recover." [Read more]
- Invited trip to the University of British Columbia, Zoology Department, Vancouver, Canada. October 22-27, 2009.
- I was invited to UBC for two reasons.
First, as an external examiner for Dr. Jeremy Goldbogen who was defending his PhD thesis on the hydrodynamics of large baleen whales (blue whales, fin whales, etc) when they are feeding.
Why is this interesting? Because these large whales are very fast and streamlined swimmers, but when they open their mouths to gather in huge volume of seawater and krill, they come to an almost dead-stop in the water due to the drag of the extremely large volume of water that they engulf. Dr. Goldbogen's calculations show that they engulf a water volume that is actually larger than their body volume! They do this by having a massively expandable throat. This particular work used very complex 3D dive recorders and accelerometers to track and monitor the body motions during these "lunge-feeding" events. Dr. Goldbogen theorizes that the cost of such feeding is so intense that it puts a limit on the size of whales that can exist. He theorizes that a "mega whale" could not exist (2-3x that of blue whale) because the hydrodynamic cost of feeding would exceed the amount of krill that could be obtained. [Read more]
In August 2009, I was invited by the Tag-A-Giant Foundation (http://tagagiant.org/) to conduct satellite tagging of the mighty bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean Sea off both coasts of northern Italy. The Tag-A-Giant Foundation, with whom I have worked and collaborated for the past 12 years, is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting scientific research, policy and conservation initiatives that promote a sustainable future for bluefin tuna.
The bluefin tuna is a fish of superlatives. It grows to 1,500 lbs, swims up to 50 miles per hour, crosses ocean basins in a little over a month and can fetch up to $175,000 for an individual fish on the Tokyo fish market. Because of this high price, the demand for bluefin tuna has caused severe overfishing of this species. [Read more]
I arrived in Copenhagen (DK) on 09/15/09 to attend the 3rd Trans Atlantic Fisheries Technologists Conference. This is a meeting that only occurs every 3 years as a joint meeting of the Western European Fisheries Technologists Association and the Atlantic Fisheries Technologies Association.
The topic for this year's conference was 'New Technology for health and Safe Seafood'. The meeting duration was from 09/16/09 to 09/18/09. I was honored with the opportunity to chair one of the meeting sessions, as indicated in the conference program and conference book of abstracts. [Read more]
Chuck Crapo, Seafood Technology Specialist
Quentin Fong, Tomi Marsh and I traveled to Japan and Hong Kong to learn about the processing methods and markets for second-grade salmon caviar and sea urchin roe (uni). We spent one week in the Tokyo area and visited the Tsujiki wholesale fish market, secondary wholesalers, and retailers. We also had meetings with roe processors and the NMFS seafood marketing specialist. This was followed by one week in Hong Kong to meet with fish roe buyers where we visited retailers and several marketers. [Read more]
Kate Wynne, MAP
Sea Grant biologist Kate Wynne reports on her 2009 journey to Dakar Sénégal, West Africa-- to participate in an international sustainable fisheries outreach program sponsored by NOAA. [Read more]
Denis Wiesenburg, former dean of SFOS
December 6-14, I made my first trip outside of the U.S. as dean. With Paul Layer from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, I traveled to the People's Republic of China and to Taiwan as part of the University of Alaska China initiative. The trip was arranged and paid for by UA Vice President Affairs Dan Julius who met us in Beijing along with UA President Mark Hamilton. [Read more]