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Fishing vessel refrigeration workshop set for Nov. 29

The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program will bring a popular fishing vessel refrigeration workshop to Kodiak Nov. 29. The registration deadline is Nov. 22.

As the number of commercial fishermen who refrigerate their catch at sea continues to increase, so too has the need for help troubleshooting and maintaining onboard refrigeration systems, especially when fishermen are far from port. Since 2005, the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program has partnered with Integrated Marine Systems Inc. to help some 220 Alaska fishermen better understand, troubleshoot and maintain their onboard refrigeration systems—training that has decreased downtime and increased fishermen's abilities to troubleshoot minor problems and communicate with technicians onshore, according to a press release.

The Sea Grant program and Integrated Marine Systems will bring their popular training workshop to Kodiak on Nov. 29 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Fisheries Industrial Technology Center.

The one-day workshop will teach fishermen how to maintain, operate and troubleshoot onboard fishing vessel refrigeration equipment. Additional topics include refrigeration theory, system winterization, controller programming and system sizing. Participants will use a stand-alone, marine refrigeration unit for hands-on training.

The cost of the workshop is $200, and includes a refrigeration manual. Pre- registration is required by Nov. 22, and space is limited. To register, please visit www.marineadvisory.org/workshops. For questions, contact Julie Matweyou, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program in Kodiak, julie.matweyou@alaska.edu or 907-486-1514 or toll-free at 888-788-6333.