Kelp and Abalone

Role: Producer / DP / Editor

Client: Sitka Sounds Science Center


SITKA, ALASKA: Through a collaborative project between the Sitka Sound Science Center (SSSC), Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), US Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), and the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), scientists will collect density and demographic data on Pinto abalone in Sitka Sound. Concurrently, USCGA Cadet interns will map, assess, and monitor kelp beds and evaluate changing environmental conditions such as pH, temperature, and currents in Sitka Sound. Monitoring these populations and correlating trends with factors related to climate change will help inform management decisions and help our community respond to a changing environment. Further, this study will be a conduit for training and mentoring a new generation of scientists and managers through internship programs at the Science Center. 2015-2016 research is funded by Alaska Sea Grant (see below), with SSSC Research Director Victoria O’Connell as lead, joined by co-investigators at the USCG Academy (L. Vlietstra), ADF&G (K. Hebert), and UAS (H. Pearson). Taylor White and Lauren Bell are lead researchers.

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This video is the result of research sponsored by Alaska Sea Grant with funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Sea Grant, Department of Commerce, under grant no. NA14OAR4170079 (project no. R/100-03), and from the University of Alaska with funds appropriated by the state.

abalone, Alaska, c300, climate change, HD, kelp, marine, nature, otters, science, seals, Sitka