Science

Murkowski Continues Fight Against Frankenfish, Moves to Block FDA Commissioner Nominee

Murkowski Continues Fight Against Frankenfish, Moves to Block FDA Commissioner Nominee

Senator: “Voluntary Labelling of GE Salmon is Not Adequate”  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) continued her fight against genetically engineered (GE) salmon by announcing in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee that she would block confirmation proceedings of the nominee to be FDA Commissioner, Dr. Robert Califf, on the Senate floor if her concerns […]

January 13, 2016 ·
What should you do with the murres?

What should you do with the murres?

If you see dead murres along the shoreline, the best thing you can do is leave them there. Monitoring networks are doing daily counts along all of the local beaches for programs such as COASST. You may see murre bodies marked – perhaps by yarn, plastic tags, or spray paint. This is helping researchers and volunteers determine which animals have already […]

December 31, 2015 ·
Alaska Sealife Center Common Murre Mini-Rehab

Alaska Sealife Center Common Murre Mini-Rehab

It’s hard to miss the bloody bird carcasses strewn about town, the black and white seabirds floating dead in the water, washed up at the boat harbor and on the beaches, or sitting quietly on snow, unable to get back to the ocean. Travelers on the Seward Highway have found dead and live Common Murres from Mile 3 to Mile […]

December 30, 2015 ·
Behind the scenes of Reality TV special with Obama

Behind the scenes of Reality TV special with Obama

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Running Wild, Stranded in the Alaska Wilderness, the hour-long reality television show filmed while President Barack Obama was visiting Exit Glacier in Seward September 1st, airs Thursday evening, December 17th on NBC.  It airs at 10 p.m. EST. Viewers won’t see the U.S. President doing the gross, sensational survival stuff that Bear Grylls’ reality show […]

December 15, 2015 ·

Avalanche Awareness Class

Avalanche Awareness Class Saturday December 12th, 2015 (9am-3pm) Location: Seward Community Library, 238 Fifth Ave, Seward AK (1st floor conference room) Topics covered will include human factors, snowpack, mountain weather, terrain, and avalanche rescue (including avalanche beacon training).  Bring your beacon if you have one to practice.  This will be a good time to learn about avalanches or to brush up […]

December 4, 2015 ·
Visitors at Seward Resort pose with the wild fish they caught in, and around Resurrection Bay this summer. Heidi Zemach file photo.

Seward Fishing Community dismayed by FDA approving genetically modified fish

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Word that the Food and Drug Administration had approved the human consumption of a genetically modified animal for the first time ever Thursday, the dreaded “Frankenfish,” traveled fast in Alaska. Several Seward residents SCN spoke with were not happy about its implications, either for the Alaska fishing industry, or for consumers. In a town that prides […]

November 21, 2015 ·
Alaska Delegation Responds to FDA Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon

Alaska Delegation Responds to FDA Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon

Alaska Delegation Responds to FDA Approval of GE Salmon Marks First Ever Approval of GE Animal for Human Consumption Washington, D.C. – After years of pushback from consumers, scientific experts and fishing interests, today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the first ever “approval for a genetically engineered animal intended for food, AquAdvantage Salmon.” The Alaska Congressional Delegation, […]

November 19, 2015 ·

ASLC Family Science Night – “Eyes on Eiders”

The Alaska SeaLife Center’s next Family Science Night will be held Friday, November 20, from 6:00-7:00 PM! This event is free for Seward families and residents. Come learn more about the magnificent Steller’s eider and how the Alaska SeaLife Center is working to boost this population in the wild. Family Sciences Nights are made possible this winter by the generous support of […]

November 13, 2015 ·
Woody, Seward’s Sea Lion

Woody, Seward’s Sea Lion

I was fortunate to see Woody in September, swimming with two sleek females in the sunny, outdoor pool. My family enjoyed watching Seward’s first sea lion grow up from a frisky 5 year old to a massive, magnificent adult. Countless visitors enjoyed his antics and grace, awed by his presence gliding past the habitat viewing window. Scientists gained valuable information about his […]

November 11, 2015 ·
Alaska SeaLife Center Mourns Passing of Steller Sea Lion, Woody

Alaska SeaLife Center Mourns Passing of Steller Sea Lion, Woody

Seward, Alaska (November 10, 2015) – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is saddened to announce the passing of Woody, a 22-year-old male Steller sea lion who was one of the Center’s original residents. Woody was humanely euthanized Monday following a rapid decline due to age-related complications. In the wild, male Steller sea lions almost never live beyond their teens. As […]

November 10, 2015 ·

Seward Citizens Advisory Board

The Alaska State Parks Seward Citizen’s Advisory Board will meet on the second Tuesday of every month, September through May, from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at the AVTEC Culinary Arts building in the Banquet room.  All members of the public are encouraged to attend.  For further inquiries please contact an Alaska State Park staff member at 224-3434.

November 9, 2015 ·

Community-Based Participatory Research in the Arctic: Sources of Environmental Contaminants on St. Lawrence Island

Tuesday, November 10, 9:00 am – 10:00 am (teleconference) Sign up Join scientists and community representatives for a discussion of exposure-assessment projects that have been conducted on St. Lawrence Island in response to community concerns over increases in the levels of cancers, reproductive problems, and thyroid disease on the island. A legacy of two Cold War military sites abandoned in […]

November 9, 2015 ·

Alaska SeaLife Center accepting nominations for Ocean Leadership Awards

Nominations are open for the 2016 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards. The Alaska SeaLife Center established the Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards to give recognition to those who have made significant contributions to ocean sciences, education and resource management in Alaska. Nominations for the 2016 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards are open now through December 7, 2015. Please see the attached press release […]

November 4, 2015 ·
Seward approves grant for ocean-warmed clean energy project

Seward approves grant for ocean-warmed clean energy project

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward recently moved an important step closer to reducing its energy dependence and fostering renewable energy by agreeing to apply for an $850,000 grant for an innovative ocean-warmed heat-district system from the Alaska Energy Authority Renewable Energy Fund, and promising that the city would contribute $85,000. Seward has the lucky distinction of being located […]

September 13, 2015 ·
U.S. Coast Guard cutter reaches North Pole during historic expedition

U.S. Coast Guard cutter reaches North Pole during historic expedition

ARCTIC OCEAN — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, homeported in Seattle, arrived at the North Pole Sept. 5, 2015, becoming the first U.S. surface ship to do so unaccompanied. This is also only the fourth time a U.S. surface vessel has ever reached the North Pole, and the first since 2005. Healy’s crew and science party, totaling 145 people, departed […]

September 8, 2015 ·

Chugach National Forest Vegetation Projects Public Meeting

A public scoping meeting to hear comments and concerns about two upcoming vegetation projects near Moose Pass will be held on September 10, 2015 at 6:30pm at the Moose Pass Community Hall. Come to learn more information about the Trail and Two Thousand future vegetation management projects on the Chugach National Forest. These projects aim to increase birch, aspen, and […]

September 1, 2015 ·
Kenai Fjords in the Field: Summer 2015 Edition

Kenai Fjords in the Field: Summer 2015 Edition

If you are wondering what the biologists, physical scientists, and archeologists at Kenai Fjords National Park do in the summertime, come read our park blog at http://www.nps.gov/kefj/blogs/kenai-fjords-in-the-field-2015.htm.  On our blog, we share experiences, photos, and even videos about our field projects.  You can learn about how we deal with the unpredictable weather and rugged field conditions.  Unlike more formal reports […]

August 14, 2015 ·
Cook Inlet Aquaculture Produces Salmon and Protects the Resource

Cook Inlet Aquaculture Produces Salmon and Protects the Resource

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Salmon occupy a central place near the very heart of coastal Alaskan identity. With numerous competing interests vying for their share of fish, the resource won’t sustain itself if left unattended. Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association wants to keep the salmon coming. Gary Fandrei, executive director of CIAA spoke at a recent Seward Chamber of […]

August 13, 2015 ·
Fukushima monitoring project season two

Fukushima monitoring project season two

  In an ongoing effort to monitor the detectable radiation escaping into the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima Japan, Seward will again take part in an annual water sampling at the head of our bay. Last year Resurrecton Bay Conservation Alliance partnered with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute on this project to gain a better understanding of how ocean currents are dispersing […]

August 9, 2015 ·
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 ·