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. Students completing the A.A.S. degree may use their credits to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries through the University of Alaska Fairbanks, or to pursue another program through the University of Alaska Southeast or the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Completion of our programs can lead to employment opportunities in a wide range of technical and non-technical jobs.
Fisheries Technology Programs
Most Fisheries Technology courses can be taken online, at your own pace. You will need access to a computer with a good internet connection, either at your home or at your nearest UAS partner campus. 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.
Certain courses include concentrated lab sessions, designed to give you hands-on training and opportunities to work with classmates and instructors in a team 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 discover what different jobs are like.
Our Student Success advisors are on hand to help you find and apply for available scholarships and grants. Please refer to our Financial Support section for an overview of your options.
Available scholarships specific to this area of study include:
|Fisheries||Fisheries Technology Aid||No Deadline||UAS Scholarship|
|Fisheries||Icicle Seafood Scholarship Fund for Fisheries Technology||No Deadline||UAS Scholarship|
|Fisheries||Sitka Campus Tuition Waiver - Fisheries||No Deadline||UAS Scholarship|
|Fisheries||DIPAC Ladd Macaulay Scholarship for Fisheries Technology||No Deadline||None|
|Fisheries||UA Foundation Scholarships - Fisheries||No Deadline||UA Foundation|
|Fisheries||NSRAA Scholarship Program||No Deadline||None|
|Fisheries||Fish Tech Travel Assistance Application||No Deadline||UAS Scholarship|
Current Internship Opportunities
Current Job Opportunities
"I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about fish culture and what really happens out here."
Zach Heathman, Fish Tech Student