CoastWise Alaska radio service highlights marine topics and connects the university to coastal communities

10/01/2009

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Fairbanks, Alaska—CoastWise Alaska is a new, free audio news and feature service that spotlights stories about coastal Alaska science, business, and the environment.

“CoastWise Alaska is a way to bring useful information and news about the seafood industry, coastal tourism, scientific research, marine conservation, and economic development to residents and visitors alike,” according to writer and host Doug Schneider.

Produced by the Alaska Sea Grant College Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, CoastWise Alaska stories feature experts from the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program and researchers from the University of Alaska.

CoastWise Alaska stories, together with links to additional information, are available as text and MP3 audio on the Web at the CoastWise Alaska Web site.

The CoastWise Alaska site currently features stories on how fishermen can save money on fuel, tips for caring for sport-caught fish, research to rebuild red and blue king crab stocks off Kodiak and in the Bering Sea, the potential dangers posed by invasive marine species, and responsible marine wildlife viewing. New stories are regularly added to the site.

Producer Doug Schneider is an award-winning writer and former host of Arctic Science Journeys Radio, a news and feature series on science, culture and the environment of the circumpolar north, produced by Alaska Sea Grant. The program ran for eight years on many Alaska Public Radio Network stations, as well as several national and international science and environmental Web sites and other outlets.

For more information, please visit www.CoastWiseAlaska.org.

The Alaska Sea Grant College Program is a statewide marine research, education, communication, and extension service at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Alaska Sea Grant is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in partnership with the State of Alaska and private industry.

The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program is a statewide university extension and technical assistance program that helps Alaskans wisely use, conserve, and enjoy Alaska's marine and coastal resources.