Early winter has been a busy time for OA outreach in Alaska, where conversations about ocean acidification and engagement between researchers and the public took place in two communities, a school, a statewide conference, and a multi-state expo.
Cordova OA Roundtable – Cordova residents ranging from fishermen to the high school ocean science bowl team attended an ocean acidification roundtable on November 7 to learn more about the issue and ask questions. Scientist Natalie Monacci from UAF’s Ocean Acidification Research Center (OARC) attended in person, while Jessica Cross (NOAA PMEL), Tom Hurst (NOAA AFSC), and Dorothy Childers (Alaska OA Network) joined by phone to help address issues raised by the community. About 20 people attended and the conversation lasted almost two hours. Thank you to the Prince William Sound Science Center for hosting the event and Cordova fisherman Marc Carrel for moderating.
Cordova school visit – Natalie Monacci (UAF OARC) led hands-on experiments in two high school classrooms during her visit to Cordova.
Juneau Presentations – On November 10, Jessica Cross presented on ocean acidification in Juneau at an event hosted by the United Fishermen of Alaska, Southeast Alaska Watershed Council, and the Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership.
Alaska Tribal Council of Environmental Managers – Alaska OA Network director Darcy Dugan and Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery (APSH) director Jeff Hetrick gave an OA talk at the annual meeting of environmental representatives from villages across the state. Their talk included background on the issue, current monitoring efforts, and the community sampling program coordinated by APSH that currently covers eight communities in Prince William Sound and Lower Cook Inlet. The communities are providing nearshore baseline data, and the network is looking for funding and interested communities to increase this model to other parts of the state.
Pacific Marine Expo – The Alaska OA Network had a booth and helped organize a speaker panel on ocean acidification and salmon at the Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle. Read more and watch the panel presentation.
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