Clean Up, Research, and Education

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The Sitka Sound Science Center has been involved in Marine Debris research, cleanup, and outreach since our inception. We have been partnering with commercial fishermen, community partners, schools, and funders to remove marine debris from Alaskan coastlines since 2008. In addition to Sitka based projects from West Chichagof to South Baranof Wilderness Areas, we have worked with partners on Dall Island, Prince of Wales, Noyes, and Baker Islands, Port Alexander, Yakutat, Afognak, and Bering Sea communities.

In 2016, we are worked with locals in Bering Sea communities to restore critical habitats by the removal of marine debris.   The Bering Sea crews work in the following areas: Native Village of Nikolski, Native Village of Port Heiden, St Lawrence Island, and St. George Island.

Spring, 2016, we began work with the Alaska Brewing Company’s Coastal Code program and the Sitka surf community to clean debris from areas of Kruzof Island difficult to access from vessels alone due to surf zones.

To learn more about our ongoing efforts on marine debris, visit our Marine Debris blog.

These videos were funded by the Alaska Conservation Foundation and were filmed by Ben Hamilton of Pioneer Studios and produced by Margot O’Connell.  These short one minute films highlight the role that individuals play in reducing marine debris.  After all, every drop counts– and it is up to us to create change.  Spread the word and inspire people to take action to reduce marine debris.
A Review of the Marine Debris in Alaska through 2014