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Review for Seward Association For The Advancement Of Marine Science, Seward, AK, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Alaska SeaLife Center plays an important and unique role in the state. Its education program, which reaches school groups and teachers, as well as the general public, stresses the urgent need for understanding and conserving Alaska's marine resources, which are vital for the long term health and sustainability of its beautiful environments as well as for the Alaskan economy.
As the only animal rehabilitation center in this vast state, it has become a focal point because of its expertise in animal husbandry and animal rehabilitation. Thus, it is poised to respond to various kinds of environmental emergencies as no other institution can.

Last, and centainly not least, its role and importance as a research institution is vital to the state and to the nation . The work that has been done on animal populations in the Gulf of Alaska, the Bering Sea and other areas is critical to the sustainability of its animal populations and of the Alaskan economy. Because of its geographic location, it can easily address important research questions about such things as variation in the productivity of the artic waters. In addition, as a public place that houses research scientists and exhibits the animals used in their research projects, it is positioned to give its visitors insights into the ongoing process of research itself.

Clearly this unique institution is worthy of support.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

realizing how important it is to the state. Alaska's coastline is vast and largely unmonitored. Its animal populations, which are intertwined in complex food webs, are the key to the Alaskan economy. The contributions made by their educators and scientists are raising the awareness of Alaskan citizens and the legislature to the importance of the SeaLife Center's current and potential contributions to the state.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Urge them to focus on coastal monitoring projects done by a consoprtium of organizations in Kodiak, Homer, Valdez, Cordova and Juneau.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & Served as a volunteer board member for 8 years.