Alaska Fish & Wildlife News
June 2019

Diving for Science

By Riley Woodford

About 50 kids and parents gathered on the docks in Petersburg, Alaska, to learn about sea creatures and the life and work of professional science divers.

Since 2013, Alaska Department of Fish and Game divers Jeff Meucci and Joe Stratman have donned their SCUBA gear and jumped into Petersburg’s North Harbor to bring undersea life into view. Sunny Rice of the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program organizes the event.

“We call it ‘Diving for Science,’” ...   Diving for Science Article Continued

Submit a tick!

By Riley Woodford

My 9-year-old daughter returned unhappy from an outdoor birthday party in a Juneau city park in early June. An adult friend had noticed a tick crawling on my daughter’s shoulder and picked it off to show people. Ticks are pretty unusual in Juneau, and our friend Kerry wanted folks to see what they look like. My daughter was embarrassed, and I explained there is no shame in someone spotting a tick, but more importantly, what happened to the tick?

Kerry squashed it, she said. Too bad ...   Submit a tick! Article Continued

New Trout Fishing Challenge Kicks Off
in 12 Western States, including Alaska

By Therese Thompson

Deep in the West, under a secret rock in a cool stream, lies a prize worth finding.

Anglers of all skill levels are invited to participate in the Western Native Trout Challenge and put the lure of the West on their bucket list. In addition to earning bragging rights and prizes at the Expert, Advanced and Master Levels, participants will help the Western Native Trout Initiative (WNTI) conserve 21 species of native trout.

The team at WNTI spent more than three years developing this ...   Trout Fishing Article Continued