Science

The Longest Swim: A Journey Across the Pacific to Raise Awareness About Plastic Pollution

The Longest Swim: A Journey Across the Pacific to Raise Awareness About Plastic Pollution

Wednesday, August 5, 9:00 am – 10:00 am (Teleconference) Long distance swimmer Ben Lecomte will swim from Tokyo to San Francisco this fall. The 5,500-mile mission will take him along the edge of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area where some of the highest concentrations of microplastics have been measured. Confetti-sized microplastics and even smaller plastic microbeads (used as […]

August 3, 2015 ·

The Myth of Herbicide Safety in Alaska: How Herbicides Threaten the Health of Fish, Wildlife and People

Statewide teleconference 9:00 am – 10:00 am, Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Many people believe that if the EPA has approved a particular herbicide then it must be “safe.” Unfortunately, this is far from true. Join this free statewide teleconference for an update on herbicide spraying issues in Alaska and a discussion of the environmental impacts and health effects of herbicides. […]

July 27, 2015 ·
Monitoring seawater reveals ocean acidification risks to Alaskan shellfish hatchery

Monitoring seawater reveals ocean acidification risks to Alaskan shellfish hatchery

Reprinted with permission from NOAA. The article was originally published here: http://research.noaa.gov/News/NewsArchive/LatestNews/TabId/684/ArtMID/1768/ArticleID/11254/Monitoring-seawater-reveals-ocean-acidification-risks-to-Alaskan-shellfish-hatchery-.aspx –  NOAA, University of Alaska collaborate with shellfish hatchery Wednesday, July 01, 2015 New collaborative research between NOAA, University of Alaska and an Alaskan shellfish hatchery shows that ocean acidification may make it difficult for Alaskan coastal waters to support shellfish hatcheries by 2040 unless costly mitigation efforts are […]

July 6, 2015 ·
Caring for Our Coast: Marine Debris Cleanup in Kenai Fjords National Park

Caring for Our Coast: Marine Debris Cleanup in Kenai Fjords National Park

Have you seen large white bags on Kenai Fjords National Park’s remote outer coast?  These bags contain 2.66 tons (5,320 pounds) of marine debris.  The bags were a collection effort made possible through a partnership with Alaska SeaLife Center, Kenai Fjords National Park, Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center, Port Graham Corporation, and Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance.  The bags will […]

June 29, 2015 ·
Herman Leirer Road Community Weed Pull

Herman Leirer Road Community Weed Pull

The annual Herman Leirer Road community weed pull is scheduled for this Friday, June 26 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. What to Bring: Wear bright colors.  Bring protective gloves, lunch, and WATER. Where to Meet: Herman Leirer Road mile 6.5 at the Resurrection River Trailhead Come out and help keep your public lands free of invasive weeds! Questions?  Contact […]

June 22, 2015 ·
New seal pup born at SeaLife Center

New seal pup born at SeaLife Center

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Alaska SeaLife Center staff are giving resident harbor seal, Atty and her newest newborn pup time to bond before putting the pup through an initial veterinary exam to determine its sex and weight. Atty gave birth to her third healthy pup on Monday morning, June 1st.  She also birthed Kordelia in June of 2011, and […]

June 5, 2015 ·
Tickets on Sale for World Oceans Day Cruise

Tickets on Sale for World Oceans Day Cruise

June 2, 2015 ·

Job Opening at the Alaska SeaLife Center

Sales and Cafe Agent This position is responsible for Front of House Reservations and Ticketing functions, Customer Service and Sales of all admission, tours, encounters, as well as visitor information capture and completion of the annual Visitor Survey. Café functions include taking and fulfilling orders in a timely, accurate and friendly manner, as well as cleaning and stocking of inventory. […]

May 25, 2015 ·
Tickets on Sale for World Oceans Day Cruise

Tickets on Sale for World Oceans Day Cruise

 

May 19, 2015 ·
Rare buzz saw shark fossil returns to Alaska

Rare buzz saw shark fossil returns to Alaska

Rare buzz saw shark fossil returns to Alaska Now on display as part of a new exhibit at the Alaska SeaLife Center Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release – SEWARD, Alaska – A rare, estranged fossil rock containing the imprint of a prehistoric shark’s 360-degree spiral of teeth, originally discovered in Alaska nearly 30 years ago, has been returned to the […]

May 13, 2015 ·
Alaska SeaLife Center Goes Overboard with the Coast Guard

Alaska SeaLife Center Goes Overboard with the Coast Guard

By Rebecca Brinkley- Schedules aboard the USCGC MUSTANG (WPB 1310) were run a little differently on Wednesday as the crew challenged the employees of the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) to some friendly competition with drills. There has always been a relationship between ASLC and the United States Coast Guard. They have a mutual interest in Oiled Wildlife Response missions throughout […]

May 5, 2015 ·
Alaska SeaLife Center Admits First Stranded Seal of 2015

Alaska SeaLife Center Admits First Stranded Seal of 2015

Alaska SeaLife Center News Release – Seward, AK – April 30, 2015 – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) admitted its first stranded marine mammal for the 2015 season. The two-day-old female harbor seal pup was found abandoned on mud flats near Kachemak Drive in Homer, Alaska on April 24. Staff from ASLC’s Wildlife Response Program were already in the Homer […]

April 30, 2015 ·
Seward 6th Graders Celebrate National Park Week With Seaweed

Seward 6th Graders Celebrate National Park Week With Seaweed

What is red, green or brown, kind of slimy and often edible?   Seaweed!   This year’s National Park Week programs introduced all of Seward’s 6th grade students to their local seaweeds.   They spent last week with Kenai Fjords National Park rangers to learn which seaweeds they can eat with sushi, which seaweeds release sulfuric acid to keep from being eaten by sea urchins, and which seaweeds are […]

April 27, 2015 ·
Self portrait of the artist Ray Troll pondering the buzz shark's mysteries. HZ

Summer of Sharks exhibit combines art, science, and one man’s obsession

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – An Alaskan artist’s quest to finally solve the mysteries of an incredible, prehistoric Helicoprion resembling a big shark with whorl teeth has resulted not only in some solid scientific answers, but in an awe-inspiring, rather artsy, fun yet scientific traveling exhibit now on display at the Alaska Sea Life Center. The center held a […]

April 23, 2015 ·
SeaLife Summer Festival

SeaLife Summer Festival

Join the Alaska SeaLife Center for the first ever SeaLife Summer Festival and Summer of Sharks Grand Opening Celebration! The Center will be hosting daytime activities on the ASLC plaza and adjoining property, featuring free live music and arts and crafts vendors. Our ticketed fundraising event starts at 6:30 pm with a Sustainable Seafood Appetizer Showdown, exclusive access to the new exhibit, meet-and-greet […]

April 23, 2015 ·
Calling all bibliophiles, the tomes are waiting

Calling all bibliophiles, the tomes are waiting

INTO THE LAST HOUR OF OUR BOOK SALE!! BOOK BONANZA TIME. BAG OR BOX OF BOOKS FOR $2. OPEN UNTIL 4PM The Used Book Sale is ready! Come on over to the Community Room of the Seward Library Museum and browse the tomes we have waiting. Coffee will be on, snacks out, kids corner open so moms and dads can […]

April 17, 2015 ·
Beachwalkers & Birders Wanted for a COASST Training Session May 3

Beachwalkers & Birders Wanted for a COASST Training Session May 3

 

April 17, 2015 ·
Summer of Sharks begins at the Alaska SeaLife Center!

Summer of Sharks begins at the Alaska SeaLife Center!

Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release – Seward, Alaska (April 15, 2015) – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) opens its doors officially to the Summer of Sharks this Friday, April 17th. Headlining the season is the Buzz Saw Sharks of Long Ago exhibit on loan from the Idaho Museum of Natural History in collaboration with artist Ray Troll. Areas around the […]

April 15, 2015 ·
Ray Troll comes to the Alaska SeaLife Center

Ray Troll comes to the Alaska SeaLife Center

By Dot Bardarson – The Sea Life Center is mounting a show that changes seasonally.  This year they chose the shark as the subject.  Ricky Deel, the center’s Exhibit designer, has put together an impressive display room using the artistic talents of Ray Troll from Ketchikan. Ray has spent his artistic life studying anything aquatic.  He presents fishy things as […]

April 10, 2015 ·
Family Science Night at the Alaska SeaLife Center

Family Science Night at the Alaska SeaLife Center

April 10, 2015 ·
Alaska SeaLife Center Announces New Science Director

Alaska SeaLife Center Announces New Science Director

Alaska SeaLife Center News Release – Seward, Alaska (April 7, 2015) – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Markus Horning as Science Director effective July 13, 2015. He will succeed Dr. Tuula Hollmén who has chosen to return to a full time research position at the Center following five years as Science Director. […]

April 7, 2015 ·
Spring Creek lagoon at SMIC being dredged by the city and  subcontractor. Here it's down to about nine feet. Heidi Zemach photo.

Lagoon sludge removal off to a roaring good start

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Merrell Bros, a national biosolids management corporation, recently worked at the City of Seward’s passive wastewater lagoon near the Spring Creek Correctional Center, de-watering, mixing and removing wastewater sludge material. They’re working with the city and Emerald Alaska, a subcontractor to dredge the lagoon six days a week, 24 hours a day, focusing first […]

April 6, 2015 ·
Pet First Aid Classes this Month

Pet First Aid Classes this Month

SOS Pets is hosting two Pet First Aid Classes this month.  Learn how to safely deal with some of the accidents and illnesses your dog or cat may encounter. Tuesday, April 21 OR Wednesday, April 29th 6:00—7:30 pm at the Seward Library Community Room $10 donation per person For ages 12 years and up. Please, do not bring your pets to […]

April 4, 2015 ·
Common Murre Die Off Along Waterfront

Common Murre Die Off Along Waterfront

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – If you’ve walked Seward waterfronts lately, you might have come across the carcasses of common murres or you might have spotted bald eagles feasting on them. There’s been a lot of the carcasses spotted, and people are calling in, said Dr. Carrie Goertz, a staff veterinarian at Alaska SeaLife Center who also helps manage the […]

April 2, 2015 ·
Alaska SeaLife Center Announces Endowment Fund

Alaska SeaLife Center Announces Endowment Fund

Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release – Seward, Alaska (March 18, 2015) – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is pleased to announce the creation of the Alaska SeaLife Center Endowment Fund. A Board of Directors member, who wishes to remain anonymous, has donated stock establishing an endowment fund with the Alaska Community Foundation (ACF). The Alaska SeaLife Center Endowment Fund will […]

March 19, 2015 ·
Wood Bison Restoration Reaches Final Stage

Wood Bison Restoration Reaches Final Stage

News Release Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Alaska Department of Fish & Game. March 17, 2015 Contact: Scott Michaelis, AWCC Cathie Harms, ADF&G 952-836-7719; scott@alaskawildlife.org – (907) 987-6111; cathie.harms@alaska.gov Wood Bison Restoration Reaches Final Stage The next step in bringing Wood bison back to the wilds of Alaska is here. Starting Sunday, March 22, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will […]

March 17, 2015 ·