BioMap Alaska: Citizen Science for Alaska's Oceans

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 10:00 AM AKST
Maribeth S. Murray, International Arctic Research Center; Howard Ferren, Alaska SeaLife Center; and Philip Loring, ACCAP

Maribeth S. Murray, International Arctic Research Center, UAF
Howard Ferren, Alaska SeaLife Center
Philip Loring, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment & Policy

Investigators from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Alaska Sea Life Center are developing a citizen-science initiative to collect local ecological information on the marine ecosystems along the Alaska region of the Chukchi and Bering seas. Using a web-based tool community members will be able to contribute their observations of the marine environment and of species of interest including those that may be extending historical ranges or that may be considered invasive. A companion marine species identification guide, including photographs and English, Yup'ik, and Iñupiaq translations, will be developed to aid identifications. The information contributed will be publicly available and useful to the development of ecosystem-based fisheries management in Alaska. Join this webinar to learn more about this unique stakeholder outreach and survey program.