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Fisheries Technology Program

Alaska is currently experiencing a shortage of fisheries technicians and fisheries biologists – a trend predicted to continue for at least the next 10 years. The University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus, has partnered with industry and regulatory agencies to develop programs that can meet this growing need for qualified personnel. Companies within the fisheries industry have donated scholarship money to make internship opportunities, training and work experience a large part of the education process.

The resulting programs are the Fisheries Technology Occupational Endorsements, Certificates and the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Fisheries Technology. UAS Fisheries Technology faculty and staff are available to discuss job availability, career paths, or educational next steps.

Completion of our programs can lead to employment opportunities in a wide range of technical and non-technical careers.

Program Degrees

Fisheries Technology Program

Most Fisheries Technology courses can be taken online, at your own pace. Sitka students can also enjoy the benefits of face-to-face classroom experience, since almost all of our courses are delivered in a "hybrid" format with local students attending lectures while eLearning students tune in over the internet. This format also allows you to review missed classes via the archived audio and screen record of live classes. In addition - beginning this fall with instructor approval, students can take select courses via iPad. These "off the grid" courses allow you to complete an entire course independent of the internet whenever you can squeeze it into your busy schedule. The waterproof iPads - provided as a free loan by UAS - contain all lectures, videos, readings, FAQs, and even the exams which you can take remotely without proctoring services. iPad course offerings include: FT120 - Introduction to Fisheries of Alaska, FT122 - Alaska Salmon Culture I and FT222 - Alaska Salmon Culture II. 

For online access you will need a computer with a good internet connection, either at your home or at your nearest UA partner campus. 

Certain courses include concentrated lab sessions, designed to give you hands-on training and provide the opportunity to work with classmates and instructors in a collaborative environment. These courses require physical attendance for up to one week at UAS Sitka Campus or at one of our partner campuses in Ketchikan, Valdez, Homer, Kodiak and Bethel.

Members of the fishing industry and Alaska state regulatory agencies frequently offer local working internships for UAS Fisheries Technology students, providing a valuable opportunity to explore a variety of career options.

For more details about the iPad delivery method, contact Reid Brewer at 907-747-7799.

Fisheries Technology Program

Current Internship Opportunities

View list of fisheries technology internship opportunities.

Current Job Opportunities

View list of fisheries technology job openings.

A Course in an iPad

video link - A Course in an iPad

Fisheries Technology

Sitka Campus 
1332 Seward Avenue
Sitka, Alaska

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The UAS Fisheries Technology Pathway to Employment Project is 100% funded through a $2,507,463 U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant. UAS is an AA/EO employer/program and auxiliary aids & services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


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