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Alaska Fisheries Science Center: Dispatches from the Field

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Scientists search for ice-associated seals -- ribbon, spotted, bearded and ringed seals -- in the Bering Sea, with hopes of radio tagging a few animals to learn more about their behaviors and seasonal movements.  Photo credit: Josh London (NOAA Fisheries).
 

Alaska Fisheries Science Center scientists get out there. They sail on large research vessels and small inflatable boats. They fly in airplanes. They do this to monitor seal populations that make their home on sea ice and learn more about endangered whales that summer in the subarctic and Arctic.

They use innovative technologies like radio and satellite tags, underwater cameras and robots to monitor fish and seal movements. They raise crabs in pens to see how fast they grow so they can better project the size of future populations of commercially important Tanner, king and snow crabs in the Bering Sea. Find out here what scientists are doing out there now!

NOAA Teachers at Sea blogs are another great way to learn more about our research through the eyes of teachers. In 2017, we have teachers on board our Gulf of Alaska survey. Stayed tuned for upcoming blogs by Sian Proctor, who teaches Physical Science, Geology, and Sustainability at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, AZ, which will be posted here. Sian will be joining Leg 2 of this survey, and if you missed it, read about Marsha Lenz's experience during Leg 1 of this survey aboard the NOAA ship Oscar Dyson.
 

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