KODIAK (AP) -- The wife of the late Kodiak crab fishery pioneer Lowell Wakefield will present $100,000 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Frankie Wakefield will present the gift Wednesday at the Alaska Sea Grant College Program's 30-year anniversary celebration.
The money will be used to endow the Alaska Sea Grant-Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposia -- a series of distinguished international scientific conferences.
''We are gratified to receive such a gracious donation that will allow us to continue this important symposia series,'' Sea Grant director Ron Dearborn said in a news release.
The symposia were named after Lowell Wakefield in 1982 in recognition of his work in entrepreneurial fisheries business, international fisheries management and as adjunct professor of fisheries at UAF.
The gift is the latest in a long series of contributions from the Wakefield family to the fishing community.
Wakefield is considered to be the founder of the modern commercial crab industry in Alaska.
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