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August 27, 2004

MAP/Sea Grant serve up Alaska shellfish

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Event helps promote state's shellfish aquaculture industry

Fairbanks, Alaska—Alaska Sea Grant and the Marine Advisory Program teamed up to showcase Alaska's shellfish farming potential by cooking up Alaska-grown oysters and clams for more than 400 people during Military Appreciation Day in Fairbanks August 19.

The annual event drew members of the military and their families, residents, as well as local, state, and national public officials including Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, UA President Mark Hamilton, UAF Chancellor Steve Jones, and Alaska Lt. Governor Loren Leman. Sea Grant Director Brian Allee and MAP aquaculture specialist Ray RaLonde, together with Sea Grant staffers Adie Callahan, Sherri Pristash and Koji Yanaka shucked and cooked dozens of oysters and spoke about the shellfish industry's economic contributions to the state. Posters and literature expounded on the virtues and growth potential of the industry in coastal communities, and explained university research aimed at assisting the industry.

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