Local Seafood Scientist Presents Program at Dillingham Conference

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The Arctic Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science met in Dillingham late last week. Among them was a Kodiak professor who gave a presentation on the seafood technology class for high schoolers that he is involved with.

Brian Himmelbloom is the associate professor of seafood microbiology at the Fisheries Industrial Technology Center in Kodiak

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(Himmelbloom 1 45 sec "My presentation was on … as we speak.")

He said Alaska doesn’t have a degree program like other states, but for Kodiak, a course on the subject made sense:

(Himmelbloom 2 24 sec "But we have this bountiful … to seafood science.")

He said having such a program is a unique opportunity for Kodiak:

(Himmelbloom 3 24 sec "It’s such a specialty … and running, and it is.")

Himmelbloom said distance delivery of the program is being looked at, but there is one major obstacle to over come:

(Himmelbloom 4 32 sec "Unfortunately, by distance … new types of product.")

The conference lasted four days and was highlighted by a moderated debate on the science of the proposed Pebble Mine. Kodiak Senator Gary Stevens spoke there as well. If he runs for and wins re-election under the redesigned senate districts, he will represent Dillingham and Bristol Bay in the Senate.

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