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UAF renames Kodiak fisheries facility

Kodiak, Alaska—The University of Alaska Fairbanks has renamed its facility in Kodiak. The former Fisheries Industrial Technology Center will now be called the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center.

The University of Alaska Board of Regents approved the change at its December meeting, with the support of UA President Pat Gamble, UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers and School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Dean Michael Castellini.

“The name change doesn’t imply a change in mission, rather it describes the work being done there more fully,” said Paula Cullenberg, co-director of the Kodiak center and leader of the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program.

A task force conducted a program review last year and recommended the name change. The group included members of Kodiak and other coastal Alaska communities, statesmen, commercial fish processors, and faculty and staff members from Kodiak College and UAF.

The Fishery Industrial Technology Center was created in 1981 by the Alaska Legislature to provide research support for Alaska’s seafood industry. The program was one of several grouped together to create the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences in 1987.

“We are committed to continued support for important research, outreach, and training programs,” said Keith Criddle, co-director of the Kodiak center and director of SFOS Fisheries division.

ON THE WEB: www.sfos.uaf.edu/ksmsc

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