Second Online meeting for GOA IERP Proposers to be held September 2

We invite interested applicants to the remaining three GOA IERP components to attend the second of two online meetings about the Upper Trophic Level Component. You must contact us by August 31 to reserve your seat at the meeting. Note: Serious inquires only, as a limited number of seats are available. All proceedings will be recorded and available for download after the meeting. Materials from the July 17 online meeting are now available.

Find out more about the Gulf of Alaska IERP Request for Proposals

NPRB Researchers study an ecosystem “from the ground up”

kasatochi volcanoWhen Alaska’s Kasatochi Volcano (right) erupted in August 2008, it virtually sterilized Kasatochi Island, covering the small Aleutian island with a layer of ash and other volcanic material several meters thick. (Photo courtesy Jerry Morris)

The eruption also provided a rare research opportunity: the chance to see how an ecosystem develops from the first species to colonize the island.

Scientists funded by NPRB, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Project 923) will visit Kasatochi to look for signs of life on the island, almost exactly one year after the catastrophic eruption.

“Since volcanism plays such a big role in shaping the Aleutians, we hope to end up with a better understanding of how disturbances such as volcanic eruptions shape the ecology of these islands,” says Tony DeGange, a USGS scientist at the Alaska Science Center and one of the research team coordinators.

See the USGS News Release for more about this project.

2010 Photo Contest Opens

We are now accepting images for the 2010 Photo Contest. Deadline is Monday, March 1, 2010. See Official Rules and Entry Forms

International Arctic Fisheries Symposium: Managing Resources for a Changing Arctic

October 19-21, 2009
Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage, Alaska

This symposium is intended to initiate international discussions for conserving and managing future fisheries in the Arctic Ocean including managing migratory, transboundary and straddling fish stocks. Visit the symposium website