Oceans and Marine Life
Alaska's marine environment is home to an incredible bounty of marine life and a rich history of human cultures. Alaska’s oceans support world-class populations of fish, marine mammals, and birds, and are a major component of Alaska’s subsistence and cash economy. Despite this importance, much is still unknown about our marine environment, and it is vulnerable to pressures from pollution, climate change, and overfishing.
That’s why ACE is working to build support among Alaskans for marine conservation, and to mobilize our members on marine issues that impact Alaska. The Oceans program has three primary outlets for ocean education: The Alaska Ocean Film Festival (winter), the Alaska Oceans Festival (summer) and ongoing community outreach. Rounding those efforts out with effective marine issue monitoring and responses enables the Oceans program to affect necessary changes on both the proactive and reactive fronts.
Photo courtesy Brian Savikko