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"News Flash" September: Hatchery provides training opportunity for Alaska student

Intern Dane Berry at the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery.

Intern Dane Berry at the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery.

PHOTO: Courtesy of AKCRRAB

Dane Berry interned at the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery in Seward this past summer where he gained hands-on experience with shellfish culture. Berry, who grew up outside Trapper Creek, Alaska, recently earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Brigham Young University and is now studying biology education there. The internship was supported by a grant from the National Marine Fisheries Service, awarded to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Bristol Bay Campus to support Alaska students interested in fisheries and marine science careers.

During his time at the hatchery Berry participated in king crab and sea cucumber culture. He became an expert in juvenile crab culture as he took charge of the Kodiak red king crab juveniles to be used in the release experiment this fall. Berry enjoyed his time at the hatchery and learned a lot during the few months he was there. He hopes to eventually find a career in education and believes his experiences at the hatchery gave him a new skill set that will be useful in inspiring students to explore the scientific world.

News Flash is edited by Asia Beder and Ginny Eckert. AKCRRAB, the Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology Program, is sponsored by Alaska Sea Grant, UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, NOAA Fisheries, the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery, community groups, and industry members.

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