Arctic Eis scientists reached out in person and through radio and news media in three major coastal communities (Table 1). In-person presentations were made in Bethel, Nome, Kotzebue and Anchorage. Interviews by radio or newspaper reporters occurred in Nome, Kotzebue and Barrow. Flyers and letters were sent to the three major communities as well as smaller coastal communities.
Table 1: Arctic Eis presentations, radio and newspaper interviews. (Major scientific conferences and UAF-SFOS Fisheries Seminars are not included.)
|Presentation||Association of Village Council Presidents||Bethel||Jim Murphy||March 5, 2012|
|Presentation||Barrow Whaling Captains Association||Barrow||Lyle Britt||March 29, 2012|
|Presentation||AYK Sustainable||Anchorage||Ed Farley||May 2-3, 2012|
|Presentation||Northwest Arctic Borough Assembly||Kotzebue||Alex Andrews||May 22, 2012|
|Presentation||Arctic Eis and Public||Nome||Franz Mueter||May 29, 2012|
|Radio Interviews||Stations KNOM (Nome) and KOTZ (Kotzebue)||Nome, Kotzebue, Barrow||Franz Mueter and Lyle Britt||Summer 2012|
|Info Letter||General Project Information||Regional Groups and Native Organizations||Franz Mueter as Lead||Summer 2012|
|Presentation||NWAB Planning Commission||Kotzebue||Franz Mueter||June 6, 2012|
|News Article||Nome Nugget, Page 7||Nome||Franz Mueter||June 21, 2012|
|Radio Interview||KUCB Unalaska||Southwest Alaska||Lyle Britt||August 13, 2012|
|News Article||Anchorage Daily News||Anchorage||Franz Mueter||August 14, 2012|
|Radio Interview||KUCB Unalaska||Southwest Alaska||Franz Mueter||January 24, 2013|
|Presentation||Public Fish and Game Advisory Committee Meeting||Savoonga, St. Lawrence Island||Alex Andrews||February 11, 2013|
|Presentation||Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference||Nome||Jared Weems||March 20-22, 2013|
|Info Letter||General Project Information||Regional Groups and Native Organizations||Franz Mueter as Lead||May 29, 2013|
|News Article||Nome Nugget, Page 3||Nome||Franz Mueter and Jared Weems||July 18, 2013|
|Student Outreach||Anvil City Science Academy, Grades 5-8||Nome||Jared Weems and Melissa Prechtl||September 11, 2013|
|Community Presentation||Strait Talk Science Series||Nome||Franz Mueter||September 11, 2013|
|News Article||Nome Nugget, Page 5||Nome||Alex Andrews and Jared Weems||October 3, 2013|
|Student Outreach||Unalaska City School District, Grade 6||Unalaska||Jared Weems||October 1, 2013|
|Radio Interview||KUCB Unalaska||Southwest Alaska||Jared Weems||October 1, 2013|
|Presentation||Alaska Forum on the Environment||Anchorage||Jared Weems||February 4-7, 2014|
|Presentation||Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference||Kotzebue||Jared Weems||April 24-25, 2014|
|Presentation||Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference||Bethel||Jared Weems||April 15-17, 2015|
|Radio Story||APRN||Washington D.C.||Ed Farley||May 5, 2015|
|with more to come!|
Arctic Eis scientists contacted key people in the coastal communities to describe and discuss the project. These people were chosen for contacts based on the breadth of their links to communities and recommendations of others. Their organizations included:
Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association
Environmental Specialists from Native Village of Kotzebue
Department of Wildlife Management, North Slope Borough
Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission
UAF Marine Advisory Program
Natural Resources Division of Kawerak, Bering Strait Region
Northwest Arctic Borough / Planning Department
Daily updates on vessel location and catch were sent to coastal communities, tribal leaders, fellow scientists, and the general public on a request basis. A total of 45 daily updates were sent out August 13 – September 26, 2012; while a total of 51 were sent August 4 – September 24, 2013. The contact list totaled over 160 people or organizations. Please visit our 2012 Daily Field Logs and 2013 Daily Field Logs to check out what we were doing and where we were sampling!
|Live Fish Specimens – TSMRI Aquaria|
With support and permits provided by the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game, we were able to retain and transport a few live fish specimens from the 2013 survey back to Juneau’s Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute (NOAA) for eventual permanent display in the educational display aquariums viewed by all TSMRI visitors. With the public’s attention now focusing more on the Arctic, we were obliged to make an effort to bring some of these Arctic species into the center to inform the public on what kinds of fish are in our Northern waters.
Using the F/V Bristol Explorers seawater system, we collected and housed the fish on leg 3 in the Northern Bering Sea. We chose the fish from the best live specimens retrieved from the surface trawl net and kept them alive in flow-through coolers outfitted for this purpose. Our list of species collected includes flatfishes: starry flounder, Alaska plaice, and northern rock sole; while pelagic and demersal fishes include: whitespotted greenling, great sculpin, sturgeon poacher, and Bering wolffish. We fed them throughout the cruise with available zooplankton and dead fish to keep them healthy and eating.
Upon conclusion of the cruise, UniSea Seafoods Inc. and Fleet Support Supervisor Guy Collins collaborated with us in arranging temporary dock space and seawater flow-through access to maintain our fish specimens while in Unalaska / Dutch Harbor.This accommodation is not unusual for UniSea Inc., as their support for fisheries research and public outreach has been established in working with Federal, State, and University biologists in the past. This also allowed us to take the fish into the Unalaska City School District to use with local 6th graders as marine education tools. See the K-12 Schools Outreach page for a description.
Finally, fish were individually packaged in seawater with stress reducing chemical drops and shipped to Juneau from Dutch Harbor. They are now being housed in the TSMRI wet laboratory and awaiting a new display aquarium in the building visitor’s foyer. Stay tuned for more photo’s once on permanent display.