March coastal events roundup


NR: SG-2012/NB040

Fairbanks, Alaska—The following events may be of interest to coastal reporters:

Seward—Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl

Alaska high school teams from around the state will converge in Seward, March 2–4, for the 15th annual Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl. The winner of this regional ocean science knowledge competition will compete against other regional teams from across the United States in the April 2012 National Ocean Sciences Bowl.

Homer—Onboard marine refrigeration training workshop

A one-day workshop March 27 at the Kachemak Gear Shed is designed to familiarize skippers and crew with basic onboard marine refrigeration system maintenance, safety and troubleshooting. The workshop is taught by the technical staff of Integrated Marine Systems, Inc., and is offered by the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program. Cost is $200, and participation is limited to 25 people. Registration closes March 22 or when filled. Register online at the Homer refrigeration workshop page. For more information contact Torie Baker at the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program in Cordova;; toll-free 888-788-6333.

Statewide—New climate adaptation fact sheets posted

Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program agent Terry Johnson has posted three new climate adaptation fact sheets to the website Adapting to Climate Change in Coastal Alaska: Fisheries Effects, Harmful Algal Blooms, and Species Shifts. The project brings a marine-dependent community perspective to climate change adaptation issues by supplying adaptation tools, fact sheets, and videos.

Dillingham—5th Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference and Forum

This conference will highlight regional scientific efforts that provide an interdisciplinary approach to scientific inquiry and resource management. This year's theme is "Resilience in a changing world." The conference will be held March 28–31, 2012, in Dillingham, Alaska, and is hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Bristol Bay Campus. Learn more at the WAISC website. For more information, contact Adam Kane, Science Educational Liaison, UAF Bristol Bay Campus, Dillingham, 907-842-5109 or 1-800-478-5109,

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.