Alaska Sea Grant wins awards



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Anchorage, Alaska—Alaska Sea Grant's Education Services staff received the 2012 Ocean Literacy Award at the Alaska Marine Gala in Anchorage on Feb. 18. The award recognizes Alaska Sea Grant's national award-winning communications efforts in ocean resource book publishing and marketing, science writing and media relations, and education outreach to the marine industry and Alaska coastal communities. The award is cosponsored by the Centers of Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) Alaska and the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS).

Deborah Mercy, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program Media Specialist, received the Ocean Media Award at the gala for excellence in journalism that raised public awareness of Alaska's oceans. Mercy has been a commercial fishermen, an Anchorage television reporter and, for the last 25 years, video producer for Alaska Sea Grant. The award is sponsored by the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

The Alaska Marine Gala is an annual event sponsored by the Alaska SeaLife Center that celebrates Alaska's oceans and recognizes people who played important roles in scientific discovery, education, management, and stewardship.

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 University of Alaska Fairbanks 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.