New Kodiak Marine Advisory Program Agent Julie Matweyou black cod fishing on F/V Lindsey Marie,
Aleutian Islands. Photo Alaska Sea Grant Program
looking for answers to scientific questions about the ocean and fisheries,
there's a new go-to person in Kodiak. That would be Julie Matweyou
(mat-weh-you) the new Marine Advisory Program agent assigned to Kodiak.
the Fish Tech on Near Island, Matweyou's position fills a 15-year absence
thanks to a $300,000 grant from the state legislature authorized last year that
went toward filling vacant positions in Kodiak and Nome.
fisherman herself, Matweyou says her goal is to help broaden the understanding
of the ocean for people of all ages.
-- MAP agent 2 :14 "I
anticipate ... working with kids."
earned her Master's degree in biological oceanography from the UAF's
School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. She's
researched methods for detecting paralytic shellfish poisoning, or PSP,
has made several species of shellfish traditionally eaten as a
dangerous to eat.
to King Cove as one community that has a volunteer-led monitoring
place. But it's a sensitive subject. The
state doesn't have the resources to monitor beaches for so-called red
she says, no amount of monitoring can make the shellfish totally safe.
-- MAP agent 3 :26 "People
are eating ... use the information incorrectly."
The type of
programs she'll be coordinating hasn't been finalized yet. But with her
background in studying PSP, she says she'd like to coordinate a
program for Kodiak Island if there is interest
in the communities.
Matweyou can be reached at 486-1514.