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Alaska Marine Policy Forum – May

Learn the latest on marine funding, legislation, and state and federal policy issues relating to the marine environment by joining the bi-monthly telecon.
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AOOS Launches New Cook Inlet Beluga Ecosystem Portal

Government agencies and the public can now find information on the endangered population of Cook Inlet beluga whales on an easy-to-use public data portal through the Alaska Ocean Observing System’s website at AOOS.org. Extensive data on beluga whale sightings and … Continue reading

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IOOS Working to “Close the Gaps” on HFR

High Frequency Radar (HFR) provides real-time ocean surface current mapping. This observing technology is being widely used within the US but critical gaps in coverage exist and have been identified by the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). AOOS and the … Continue reading

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Ocean acidification could erode bering sea crab stocks within 20 Years

Increasingly corrosive oceans are raising more red flags for Bering Sea crab stocks. Results from a project on baby Tanner crabs show that higher ocean acidity affects both their shell production and the immune systems.

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Modeling the Impacts of Hypoxia, Climate Change on Sediment Dwellers

Both ocean hypoxia and rising temperatures due to climate change are hot topics in any discussion of current challenges facing our marine environment. Ecologist Chet Rakocinski, a professor at The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Gulf Coast Research Lab (GCRL), … Continue reading

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The U.S. Navy Turns its Attention Northward

The U.S. Navy has closed its camp on the Arctic Ocean sea ice (early, because of safety concerns, even as reports came that the ice reached its lowest extent ever), a part of its Ice Exercise 2016. The exercise wasn’t … Continue reading

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Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council Scholarships

TheCook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) scholarship program offers the Captain Barry Eldridge Memorial Scholarship for Maritime Studies and the James Carter Memorial Scholarship for Environmental Studies. Continue reading

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Ed Page, AOOS Board Chair Wins Award

Captain Ed Page received the prestigious Walter J. and Ermalee Hickel Lifetime Achievement Award.The late Governor Walter J. Hickel and his wife Ermalee endowed this award for 10 years to recognize an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the management of Alaska’s coastal and ocean resources over a period of 20 years or more. Continue reading

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AOOS Principle Investigator Walsh Wins IASC Award

A University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist is receiving the recognition of his peers. Dr. John Walsh recently garnered a medal from the International Arctic Science Committee. The prestigious award recognizes Walsh’s sustained work in far north.

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For the first time, researchers have documented algae-related toxins in Arctic sea mammals

Toxins produced by harmful algal blooms are showing up in Alaska marine mammals as far north as the Arctic Ocean — much farther north than ever reported previously, new study published Thursday finds. Continue reading

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