Alaska Seas & Coasts

Alaska Seas & Coasts gives Alaskans knowledge to make informed decisions about their state's marine resources. This attention-grabbing, well-illustrated periodical is written by Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory agents, all of whom are University of Alaska faculty, as well as other experts. Published on an occasional basis, each issue focuses on a key marine resource topic.

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Ocean Acidification and Fisheries: Alaska's Challenge and Response

Ocean Acidification and Fisheries: Alaska's Challenge and Response

Alaska Seas & Coasts Vol. 6, 2012
Author: Torie Baker

Read this Alaska Seas & Coasts issue to find out how ocean acidification is impacting Alaska's seas, to explore ocean acidification topics that Alaska researchers focus on and why, and to look at fisheries policy issues in light of current uncertainty. Commercially important shellfish are a top research priority because of their economic value and because they are likely to suffer direct effects of reduced calcium carbonate availability. The need for biological research to catch up with the understanding of ocean physical changes, and the flexibility of marine policy to reflect those changes, are critical to the future of Alaska fisheries.

Changing Climate

Changing Climate—Changing Alaska's Fisheries?

Alaska Seas & Coasts Vol. 5, 2008
Editors: Paula Cullenberg and Torie Baker

Understanding, anticipating, and predicting climate change can help fishermen, seafood processors, and fishery managers make informed choices. Readers of this important issue learn about possible effects of climate change on fisheries, such as Bering Sea crabs moving north, an increase in a salmon parasite in the Yukon River, rising temperatures in the Anchor River, and ocean acidification. Carbon footprint in the Alaska seafood industry is discussed, and helpful hints are presented on how fishermen can take a first step and use less fuel.

Clean Boating

Clean Boating

Alaska Seas & Coasts Vol. 4, 2007
Author: Alan Sorum

Learn how to protect your boat, help control costs at the marina, and conserve the environment. This issue tells vessel owners the importance of communicating with marina management, responding properly to fuel spills, and using best management practices in waste disposal. Pointers are also included on how to avoid fire danger, prevent corrosion and electrolysis, follow safe procedures during fueling, and take necessary steps to winterize and store your vessel.

Monitoring Changes in Alaska's Coastline

Monitoring Changes in Alaska's Coastline

Alaska Seas & Coasts Vol. 3, 2007
Editor: Reid Brewer

Read about how to set up a coastal monitoring program in your community, based on the experiences of successful organizers. Illustrated with photos, this issue of Alaska Seas & Coasts features organizations that oversee monitoring, from citizen beach cleaner/observers, to an online database of weekly sea surface temperatures. Observer data can help determine impacts and changes to our coastal ecosystems, and provides important information to marine resource users.

Responsible Wildlife Viewing

Responsible Marine Wildlife Viewing in Alaska

Alaska Seas & Coasts Vol. 2, 2006
Editor: Terry Johnson

Describes laws and guidelines for observing whales, sea lions, walruses, sea otters, coastal birds, and other animals. Charter operators and nature tour leaders will find this issue a concise source of information that ensures the comfort of the wildlife as customers get thrilling views.

Alaska's Steller Sea Lions

Alaska's Steller Sea Lions: Boom to Bust—and Back?

Alaska Seas & Coasts Vol. 1, 2005
Editor: Kate Wynne

Debut issue of this series sheds light on the confusing and controversial issue of Steller sea lion population fluctuations in Alaska. Written for a broad range of users, including the public, students, and fishermen; researchers and managers will also appreciate this 12-page synopsis of the Alaska Steller sea lion status.