By Rick Smeriglio for Seward City News – During its acceptance trials on Lake Michigan in March, engineers discovered that Research Vessel Sikuliaq had lost proper lubrication in its starboard propulsion unit. According to Sikuliaq Project Manager Daniel Oliver, the fix will require re-engineering the suction system whereby the vessel circulates and cools lubrication oil in its sophisticated Z-drive propulsion system. Shipbuilder Marinette Marine Corporation of Wisconsin will put the vessel into a graving dock in Sturgeon Bay, WI on Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12. The delay to fix the problem may take 3 weeks and add about […]
SEWARD, Alaska – Researchers at Kenai Fjords National Park captured this sequence of events with a time-lapse...
Thank you everyone in Seward who has taken an interest and generously helped out with the Fukushima Project. The project...
The Kenai Fjords area saw a return to more typical temperatures in February when the average monthly temperature dropped...
Heidi Zemach for SCN – Eighteen teams are competing today, Friday Feb 28th through the weekend at the 17th Annual Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl. About 200 people are expected to attend, with another hundred volunteering to help out at the event in jobs such as timing, judging, scoring, cooking, creating art-work, and much more. It’ll be a quick economic shot in the arm for the Seward community during the off-season, but for the students involved it’s much more. The original written research projects that each group produces provides students the opportunity to work closely with professionals in the […]Read more ›
A report from the American Geophysical Union, Ocean Sciences Section, was released earlier this week. Current findings show that water-borne plume of “radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster may reach the U.S. West Coast within weeks”. The cesium-134 laced fallout has steadily made its way across the Pacific Ocean via the Kuroshio current. Once it reaches North America, the plume will first travel along our Alaska coast and then down to British Columbia. It will continue down to California and out to Hawaii. As of right now there is little data available to forecast whether this radioactive plume is hazardous […]Read more ›
This fall Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance (RBCA) worked in conjunction with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s (ADF&G) Kenai office to conduct surveys of salmonid species in 2 tributaries of Japanese Creek. Although both were suspected of being anadramous, neither one had been surveyed in the past to verify this. Matt Gray, RBCA’s watershed coordinator, along with an ADF&G field biologist & visiting high school youth groups placed minnow traps in several areas along the length of the creeks in order to capture smolt. The trapping was a success and they were able to document Dolly Varden & Coho […]Read more ›
The annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl Competition hosted by UAF SFOS Seward Marine Center will be held between Feb 28-March 2. ALL 150+ participants, coaches, visitors, chaperones etc will be on their own for lunch on Friday Feb 28th, and throughout the weekend have opportunity to venture into our town. We always put together a welcome packet for all participants and if your business is interested in placing any advertisements (coupons, brochures, menus, etc) in the packet please call 224-5261 for more information. You can also drop off items at the Seward Marine Center @ 201 Railway Avenue. We are […]Read more ›
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – February 5, 2014 – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is proud to announce the 2014 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards. These awards are given annually to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the awareness and sustainability of the state’s marine resources. Following are this year’s award winners: The prestigious Walter J. and Ermalee Hickel Lifetime Achievement Award will be posthumously awarded to Stan Stephens, who passed away on September 21, 2013. The late Governor Walter J. Hickel and his wife Ermalee endowed this award for 10 years to recognize an individual who has made exceptional […]Read more ›
Cooking Dried Beans, Peas and Lentils A southern tradition to bring luck and prosperity in the upcoming year is to serve black eyed peas on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. Whether or not you’ve recently eaten black eyed peas to honor this tradition consider serving legumes throughout the year for a healthful option at any meal. Legumes- dried beans and peas are inexpensive, tasty and good sources of protein, iron zinc, potassium and fiber. Cooperative Extension Service has a free publication that includes information on cooking, combining bean with other ingredients to make a complete protein, and recipes. […]Read more ›
Houseplant Renewal It’s a New Year and your houseplants are hoping for some help surviving the long dark winter. In addition to providing water and light Cooperative Extension Service has a FREE publication on “Air Layering to renew indoor plants” a good guide for your leggy tropical plants. If you suspect your houseplants are suffering from pests our “Houseplant Pests and Control” is the publication for you, with identification guides and ideas for control if you find a pest. Your local Cooperative Extension Service is your year round resource for a variety of topics, visit us today at: http://www.uaf.edu/ces/districts/kenai/ to find this […]Read more ›
The 17th Annual Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl will be Thursday February 27th – Sunday March 2nd 2013 and we need volunteers! The Tsunami Bowl is a regional competition for Alaska high schools on topics related to the study of the oceans. Each year, Alaska holds a regional ocean science competition as part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB). Sponsored by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, the Alaska Sea Grant College Program, and many others, the goal of this competition is to recognize and reward excellence among student interested in ocean studies. The ultimate […]Read more ›
SEWARD, Alaska – Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology Program (AKCRRAB) News Flash – AKCRRAB researchers collect female crabs from the field each year to raise their young at the hatchery. One advantage is that since the female selects her mate in the wild, the larvae produced are not domesticated. AKCRRAB research biologists donated female red king crabs from Kodiak and blue king crabs from St. Matthew Island to the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) in summer 2013 after the larvae hatched. The larvae were used in larval and juvenile rearing experiments, including the first experimental release in Kodiak in […]Read more ›
Glacier Family Medicine Clinic is pleased and excited to announce that Susan Porter will be joining the team at Glacier Family to perform ultrasounds and also take x-rays. Susan has over 30 years of experience as a radiological/ultrasound technican and has lived in Seward for the past 22 years. She was first employed by Seward General Hospital for her first 5 years in Seward and then later by Providence Seward Medical Center. For further information or to schedule an appointment call 224-8733.Read more ›
Chugach Arts Council has announced it’s upcoming projects and Calls for Art. Artists of all ages and abilities in any media are invited to submit images of their art for consideration to be published in one of several beautiful books of art featuring conservation themes. The dead line for the first 3 projects is March 15, 2014 Endangered Species Day is May 16. The first volume featuring art of any endangered specie will be released prior to that. World Oceans Day is June 8. We will celebrate with a book of beautiful art relating to our oceans. National Pollinator Week […]Read more ›
NOAA researchers achieved the first experimental release of hatchery-reared red king crabs in Alaska on September 25, 2013, to assess the importance of outstocking density on survival. The juvenile crabs, from broodstock (egged females) collected at Alitak Bay, Kodiak Island, were reared at the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery and transported to the NOAA Kodiak Laboratory. The release site, at Cozy Cove near the village of Old Harbor on Kodiak Island, was selected because it is well sheltered with plenty of red king crab habitat. To begin the release process, researchers created 12 plots on a transect line along the shoreline […]Read more ›
The Regional Citizens Advisory Council, (RCAC) a citizen’s advisory group to the Valdez-based oil tanker shipping industry, held one of its three annual meetings in Seward last week. Seward is one of 20 member communities directly affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. While in town, the 20 board members, ex-officio board members, scientists, and shipping industry officials toured the Alaska SeaLife Center, and received an introduction to the marine facility, and participated in an Alaska seafood reception there. They also toured AVTEC’s Marine Training Center, which trains people in the shipping industry and qualifies captains and other shipping […]Read more ›
See what students in our Ocean Sciences Club are saying about the ocean and what it means to them in this great video they made! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjqO2ktcjvA The Alaska SeaLife Center’s Ocean Sciences Club for Seward secondary students began in September 2012, thanks to the Seward Community Foundation and Alaska Airlines Foundation. Over the course of the school year, students dug into a wide range of ocean topics — including a seabird necropsy, a comparative dissection of cephalopods, sea ice studies, Steller sea lion physiology, and other hands-on explorations. A mini-grant from NOAA provided the club with video cameras to record […]Read more ›
August saw Kenai Fjords’ temperatures return to normal and provided plenty of rain to ensure that, as is the fate of many good things, the lovely weather of summer 2013 had come to an end. After two months of above-average monthly temperatures, the monthly average temperature for August precisely equaled the 30-year average for the month, calculated from temperatures ranging from 44-69 degrees F at the Seward airport. Considering the season as a whole, the Kenai Fjords area received more precipitation than normal this summer (see the monthly precipitation graph located in the next section of this report). From May-August […]Read more ›
Apply now this regular full time position: Education Specialist I Check out full job postings at www.alaskasealife.org E-mail application & resume to HR@alaskasealife.org EEO/AA EmployerRead more ›
The staff of the Alaska SeaLife Center are pleased to announce the name of Woody and Eden’s pup. Please join us on Sunday, August 4th, when “Ellie” will make her debut in the Steller sea lion habitat at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Animal Care staff will be available at 1PM and 3PM on Sunday to answer any questions. Also, please visit www.simpleregistry.com/sslpup/ to see how you can be involved in contributing to her needs.Read more ›
Eider Journey Science Program, USFWS Barrow, Alaska Student Field Research Presentation Tuesday, August 6, 2013 12-1pm (Brown Bag Lunch) Alaska SeaLife Center, Bear Mt. Conference Room Free Seminar, All are welcome! The Eider Journey Science Program involves youth from Barrow, Alaska in field research and outreach related to Steller’s and spectacled eiders. Both species are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and the coastal tundra near Barrow is the only known area in Alaska where Steller’s eiders nest regularly. The five participants in the 2013 Eider Journey Science Program will be in Seward on August 5th and 6th to visit […]Read more ›