Marine Advisory Program news highlights



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Anchorage, Alaska—The following are news highlights from the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program.

MAP looks to Alaska Legislature for funding

The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program is requesting funding for FY11 that will represent a commitment by the University of Alaska Fairbanks to a MAP office in six communities/regions of the state that are currently funded solely by short-term grants. The communities affected are Cordova, Nome, Dillingham, Unalaska, Petersburg, and Kodiak. Learn more about this request.

MAP specialist Terry Johnson appointed to boating council

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell recently appointed Terry Johnson, marine recreation specialist with the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, to the Alaska Boating Safety Advisory Council. The seven-member advisory board promotes boating safety in Alaska by helping write boating regulations, making recommendations for safety educational materials and promoting boating safety education programs throughout the state. Read the governor’s news release.

MAP helps local ecotour company expand science education

The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program has joined with Southeast Alaska eco-business Gastineau Guiding Company and the Marine Conservation Alliance to expand a unique cruise ship visitor tour called "Whales & Glaciers: Citizen Science Adventure." The tour, which began last summer in association with Holland America Line, included sampling phytoplankton to identify "red tide" outbreaks, contributing photographs to help identify whales and mammals, providing baseline data for Alaska researchers, and collecting, cataloging, and disposing of marine debris. MAP agents and specialists provide training and are developing sampling protocols and processing data. In 2009, 135 people took part in 32 tours. During the 2010 season, Gastineau Guiding Company anticipates the tours will run every day, with 30–40 people each day. Learn more.

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.