Seward, AK – May 20, 2013 – A new exhibit will open on June 8 at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. The exhibit, a 21-foot fishing boat which sits within a harbor scene, will highlight the importance and successes of sustainably managing Alaska’s fisheries. The grand opening will happen in conjunction with other scheduled activities and events at the Center to celebrate World Oceans Day.
This boat replaces an older model that was popular with visitors of all ages, but still features an interactive cabin where families can “drive” the boat and listen to pre-recorded radio calls between other fishing vessels. The new boat exhibit will also feature a built-in video game called ecoOcean, located at vessel’s stern. EcoOcean was developed by researchers from the
University of Kiel, with input from experimental economist Dr. Jim Murphy and fisheries economist Dr. Gunnar Knapp of the University of Alaska Anchorage. The game is designed for up to four players. The goal is to earn as many points as possible by driving a boat around the ocean and catching fish. EcoOcean challenges the players to find a way to fish sustainably–if they catch fish too fast they don’t do as well. The goal of each round is not merely to have the largest catch, but to have the largest sustainable catch.
The exhibit was made possible by a partnership with the University of Alaska Anchorage, and the University of Kiel, along with generous donations from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, the Rasmuson Foundation, and the Seward Community Foundation. Representatives from each of these organizations will be attending the opening ceremony on June 8.
In addition to the ribbon cutting, other activities scheduled in conjunction with World Oceans Day include scavenger hunts, art projects, ocean story-time, face painting and special programs throughout the day. The Center is also offering an evening Resurrection Bay dinner cruise, which includes an evening program at Fox Island featuring work conducted in Antarctica by Alaska SeaLife Center researcher and University of Alaska Fairbanks research faculty Dr. Jo-Ann Mellish. For more information on the day’s events or to purchase tickets for the dinner cruise, visit www.alaskasealife.org or call 907-224-6355.
The Alaska SeaLife Center is a private non-profit research institution and visitor attraction which generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. The Alaska SeaLife Center is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.alaskasealife.org.
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