Boating, marine species ID books published by Alaska Sea Grant

09/24/2009

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Fairbanks, Alaska—Three new publications from Alaska Sea Grant highlight subjects sure to be of interest to Alaska boaters, marine scientists and other people curious about Alaska’s marine environment.

Clean Boating for Alaskans is a free booklet that offers boaters advice to make their forays along the Alaska coast more eco-friendly—and save money at the same time. The booklet provides tips on “leave no trace” boating, saving fuel, and eco-friendly ways to maintain and operate a vessel. It also includes suggestions to help reduce a boater’s impact on the environment and a voluntary code of conduct for boaters interacting with wildlife. Alaska Sea Grant published the book in collaboration with the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and the National Park Service. This free booklet is available as either hard copy or downloadable PDF from the Alaska Sea Grant bookstore, toll-free 1-888-789-0090.

Boaters, fishermen and science enthusiasts can now more easily identify squids and octopuses with Alaska’s Sea Grant’s newest identification manual, Field Guide to Squids and Octopods of the Eastern North Pacific and Bering Sea. The waterproof book includes a key to 44 squid and octopus species, as well as line drawings, color photos, and range maps. Alaska Sea Grant published this book with author Elaina Jorgensen, a fisheries scientist at the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center. The spiral-bound book costs $25 plus shipping, and is available from the Alaska Sea Grant bookstore, or call toll-free 1-888-789-0090.

Illustrated Keys to Free-Living Invertebrates of Eurasian Arctic Seas and Adjacent Deep Waters, Vol. 1 is the first book in a series that ultimately will encompass some 5,000 species. The 186-page book provides identification keys to twelve taxonomic groups of free-swimming arctic invertebrates. Translated from Russian to English, the book provides the international science community with tools to identify free-swimming invertebrate species found in Russian seas and the nearby deep offshore waters. The outstanding taxonomic expertise is based on Russia's long history of arctic invertebrate taxonomy and persistent exploration of the arctic seas over the past century. Alaska Sea Grant published this book in cooperation with series editor B.I. Sirenko, Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, as part of the Arctic Ocean Diversity project of the Census of Marine Life. The spiral-bound book costs $30 plus shipping, and is available from the Alaska Sea Grant bookstore, or call toll-free 1-888-789-0090.