Alaska’s coastline and resources: tracking and response through networks, pilots and satellites

Torie Baker 1, Paula Cullenberg 2

1 Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program University of Alaska Fairbanks, Box 814, Cordova, Alaska, 99574,, @toriealaska1

2 Alaska Sea Grant University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1007 West Third, Suite 100, Anchorage, Alaska 99501, , @pcullenberg

With over 40,000 miles of coastline, three out of four Alaskans, in nearly 260 communities, live either along the state’s coastline or along the rivers that bridge freshwater and marine coastal environments. This presentation highlights three representative remote, human-based observation and response programs active in coastal Alaska: NOAA’s Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network, invasive species monitoring arrangements, and the LEO Network for Native and rural Alaskans tracking climate and species anomalies. Alaska Sea Grant recently published a state-wide manual outlining successful strategies for community based monitoring in Alaska .As a leading international seafood producing region with over 8,000 registered commercial fishing vessels, plans for utilizing Alaska’s fishing fleets in monitoring and reporting fish species distribution, harmful alga blooms and climatic anomalies is being explored. The University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Sea Grant Program personnel actively contribute to network data collection across several topics, and is a leading partner in sharing of best practices for establishing successful monitoring programs throughout Alaska.