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The Ocean Knowledge Radio Show

Welcome to the Ocean Knowledge Radio Show, a show featuring news about the ocean. 

Empowering people with knowledge of the ecological and geopolitical changes to the ocean. 

Covering science, policy, climate, shipping, and indigenous knowledge. We will hear from agency officials, elected leaders, scientists, and indigenous knowledge holders. 

Hosted by Megan Onders, Director of Ocean Engagement for AOOS in partnership with KNOM.

Episode 1 September 9, 2022
During the premiere of Ocean Knowledge, listeners heard from Sylvester Ayek, who moved from King Island to Nome, about his journey, boat safety and staying healthy on the island. Kate Haapala, an analyst with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, talked about the history of NPFMC and how it began to consider local subsistence knowledge in the management of and recommendations for fisheries. Final guest Gay Sheffield with the UAF Alaska Sea Grant shared about an on-going survey of harmful algal blooms and how they affect subsistence.

Episode 2 September 23
On Sept 16, 2022, Megan Onders spoke with UAF Professor Franz Mueter on fish research and a warming ocean; Matt Ganley representing Bering Straits Native Corporation on the ownership of Port Clarence, Tribal Coordinator Frances Ozenna on community storm preparedness and James Benzschawel, Program Manager, Emergency Preparedness at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Emma Pate, Training Coordinator and Environmental Planner-IGAP on the tribal response to Harmful Algae Blooms.

Episode 3 October 4
In this episode of Ocean Knowledge, Megan Onders and guests Vera Metcalf with the Eskimo Walrus Commission, Senator Lisa Murkowski and Carl Gouldman with NOAA’s US Integrated Ocean Observing System discuss ecological and geo-political changes.

Episode 4 October 14
Broadcasting from the Harpa conference center in Reykjavik at the Arctic Circle Assembly on this episode we hear from Lisa Koperqualuk, President of ICC Canada on environmental threats with Arctic shipping, Arsenio Dominguez, Director of the Marine Environment Division at the International Maritime Organization on IMO shipping jurisdiction, Becca Robbins Gisclare, Senior Director of Arctic Programs at the Ocean Conservancy on marine plastics, Kaare Erickson of Ikaagun Engagement on science and community engagement, Former Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell on Asian interest in the Arctic, Alice Rogoff on the purpose of Arctic gatherings, and Dr. Alice Bradley, Co-Chair of the Committee on Observations and Networks of the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks of the Arctic Council.

Episode 5 November 10
Megan Onders speaks with APU Office of Research and Community Engagement Director James Temte, BSNC Board Member and lifetime hunter and fisherman Roy Ashenfelter, UAF Physical Oceanographer Seth Danielson, and Arctic Yukon Kuskokwim Tribal Consortium Government Affairs and Policy Director Mellisa Maktuayaq Johnson. They discussed updates on research related to the relationship between marine life and sea ice reduction, news on ocean regulations, advocacy and more.

• Alaska Arctic Observing and Knowledge Hub
• NPFMC Local Knowledge Library
• The LEO Network