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Passing the Baton: Sharing Marine Mammal Science Across Generations

These days, in marine science education in Southeast Alaska, turns out that “sharing” is the name of the game. Much of the philosophy (and some of the structure) of scientific sharing that now exists in this place is largely the offspring of Sitkan Jan Straley. Having lived in Alaska since 1979, Straley is famous for her decades-long research, writing and photography about whales. Equally important, though perhaps less well-known, is Jan’s influence on at least two generations of Alaskan scientists. Read More

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Bethany Goodrich: Nature is Not Just a Place You Visit An Artist Profile

This year’s cover artist was born and grew up outside Boston – interestingly, she notes, at the one-mile mark of the Boston Marathon. Bethany Goodrich’s photo is striking to some because of its tranquility and the feeling of respect and connectedness between the salmon in the foreground, and the hand and mussels in the background. The hand, says Goodrich, is hers and the photo was “taken impromptu (as she) washed a salmon while dip-netting at Redoubt.” Read More

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Harbor Notes 2019

Plans continue for the re-building of Crescent Harbor, located in the center of downtown. Said Sitka Harbormaster Stan Eliason, “We received $5 million from the State of Alaska (out of an anticipated $12 million).” The construction phase of the project should begin during the winter of 2019 with estimated completion by March of 2020. Eliason thinks that “We are right on track timing-wise, but (the scope of the project now covers) only re-building the timber floats, rather than the whole harbor.” Phase 2 of the project is uncertain at this point, because the impact of recent State budget cuts is unknown. Read More

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