Alaska Sea Grant Newsroom
Recent news releases & blog posts
Our Nome-based Marine Advisory agent Gay Sheffield stopped by the studios of KNOM-FM recently to discuss the federal government’s decision not to grant protections to the Pacific walrus under the Endangered Species Act. “Listing the walrus isn’t going to bring the sea ice back,” she said. Listen to the full interview here.
Commercial fishermen, an Alaska state trooper and a ferry boat captain were among those trained as marine safety instructors last month. Training saves lives—since the 1980s the commercial fishing industry has seen a 76% decrease in deaths.
As the Pacific Ocean acidifies, oyster farms off California, Washington, and British Columbia have struggled to get larvae to grow into seed. Though scientists are not quite sure why, the water off Southeast Alaska hasn’t seen the same deleterious effects. Now, entrepreneurs and investors are eyeing the state, looking to turn a profit off the short-lived gains of climate change. Hakai Magazine has the story.
The last day of a research vessel cruise may involve the hardest work, but everyone on board has the same goal—dismantle the gear, pack it up, offload by the ton, stow equipment and get it ready for shipment, and then celebrate the accomplishments.
After the team works their way through the stations, lowering and raising the CTD overboard, they take a break to walk on an iceberg calved from a glacier in Prince William Sound.
Notes from the Field
Each year, Alaska holds a regional competition as part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Sunny Rice has co-coached the Petersburg NOSB team every year since 2009.