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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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Noise research, Susitna delta habitat focus of new Cook Inlet beluga plan

Controls on underwater noise and protections for an area that is a food-foraging hot spot are among the elements of a new five-year, five-part action plan aimed at nudging Cook Inlet’s endangered beluga whales toward recovery.

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Cook Inlet Beluga Ecosystem Portal Coming Soon!

AOOS and Axiom have been working to develop a publicly accessible data portal to improve management and public awareness of Cook Inlet beluga whales. This Portal will go live on the AOOS website this spring. Continue reading

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Shell Wants to Hang on to Arctic Ocean Drilling Leases

It was big news when Shell Oil in September announced it was shutting down its contested Arctic drilling program, but the company apparently doesn’t want give up completely. Just a couple of months after the big news, Shell sought at … Continue reading

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US Coastguard Moves Forward on New Icebreakers

The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday released a proposed acquisition timeline and requirements for two new heavy U.S. icebreakers that could cost $1 billion each and said it would meet with interested companies during an industry day in March.

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Seafloor Features Revealed by the Gravity Field

It has been said that we have more complete maps of the surface of Mars or the Moon than we do of Earth. Close to 70% of our planet is covered by water, and that water refracts, absorbs, and reflects … Continue reading

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Bowhead Whales Are Adapting to Warming Arctic

Few if any parts of the world are experiencing the impacts of climate change to the extent of the Arctic. But teasing out the precise effects of that change on the region’s wildlife isn’t always straightforward. Continue reading

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Available Seats on the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council

The Office Of Boards and Commissions is accepting applications for the AK GOVERNOR NOMINEE/FEDERAL APPOINTMENT SEATS on the NORTH PACIFIC FISHERIES MANAGEMENT COUNCIL. Please submit your application online at: http://gov.alaska.gov/Walker/services/boards-commissions/apply-info.html or email your resume to: boards@alaska.gov.

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