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Science beneath the sea
Underwater scientists to gather in Seward

Date: 30 August 2001
Contact: Dr. Stephen Jewett, Program Coordinator, 907-474-7841,
NR: SG-2001/NR202

SEWARD, Alaska—When we think of marine science, some people envision scientists on the deck of a ship lowering instruments into the depths to collect data about ocean currents, fish and other aspects of the sea. Yet, some scientists aren't content with studying the ocean and its inhabitants from a distance. Many are choosing to get up close and personal in their studies of Alaska's marine mammals, kelp forests, fish and other sea dwellers.

Many of the nation's underwater scientists will gather at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska, September 19-23, for the 21st annual Scientific Diving Symposium, sponsored by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) and the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. This is the first time the AAUS will gather in Alaska to announce the results of underwater research. The theme for this year's conference is cold water science diving.

Some 22 underwater studies will be presented by scientists who use scuba and other underwater research techniques. Researchers will present work done in the Arctic and sub-Arctic, the Antarctic, and numerous cold water environments in between. Several of the presentations will be on work done in Alaska, including underwater video counting of salmon returns to the Yukon River and jellyfish studies in Alaska's Bering Sea. Underwater techniques used to study Alaska river otters, herring embryos, kelp forest production and survival, and oil spill damage to nearshore habitats in Prince William Sound also will be discussed. Finally, scientists will explain techniques used in the underwater capture of Steller sea lions.

For more information about the symposium, contact Dr. Stephen Jewett at 907-474-7841, email at Or visit the symposium Web site.

Advance copies of the symposium proceedings will be available at the door or by calling Alaska Sea Grant's Publications Office toll free at 888-789-0090. Or visit the book's web page.

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

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