Stay up-to-date with the research and projects conducted at the Alutiiq Pride Marine Institute. At APMI, there are always new projects and studies being conducted by our employees or by one of our many partners. This page will be regularly updated to keep you informed on all the new and exciting projects being started and give you the latest information on our ongoing research.
ALUTIIQ PRIDE MARINE INSTITUTE IS FEATURED IN SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN!
In the January 2022 edition of Scientific American, Alutiiq Pride Marine Institute and some of our employees were featured in the food and public health article. The article is called “Protecting Alaska’s Harvest” and it examines the increased frequency and intensity of harmful algae blooms (HABs) and how they affect local subsistence harvesters. Stephen Payton, the CRRC IGAP coordinator and environmental assistant for the Seldovia Village Tribe, was one of the main contributors to this article. Stephen has over 8 years of experience sampling for HABs and is a subsistence shellfish harvester, giving him a unique insight into this growing public health concern.
If you are interested in reading the whole article, here is a link to the Scientific American website.
THE TIPPING POINT PROJECT: STUDYING THE EFFECTS OF OCEAN ACIDIFICATION ON PINK SALMON IN ALASKA
This summer in Seward, Alaska a lab-based study is underway to understand the response of pink salmon to elevated acidity due to ocean acidification. The study, led by Amanda Kelley at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is part of a larger project looking at the ability to predict tipping points in the marine ecosystem with respect to acidity and warming, and assess the institutional opportunities and barriers to implementing OA adaptation strategies in Alaska salmon fisheries.
The project is funded by NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program. Project partners include the University of Alaska Fairbanks, NOAA Fisheries, the Alaska Ocean Observing System, the University of Wyoming, the University of Alaska Anchorage, the Alutiiq Pride Marine Institute and the Meridian Institute.
COMMUNITY SAMPLING FOR OCEAN ACIDIFICATION IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALASKA
The ocean acidification program, conducted by the APMI and CRRC, has been bridging the gap between western science and residents of coastal communities in Southcentral Alaska. The continuous ocean acidification monitoring by APMI and discrete ocean acidification samples and exposure studies provide climate data for researchers to utilize in studying trends and high-level science. The discrete ocean acidification sampling program is conducted by Natural Resource Specialists in Alaska Native communities in Southcentral Alaska. This video features Natural Resource Specialists from Native Village of Port Graham and the Seldovia Village Tribe, who have been building their capacities for years to manage local environmental protection programs. Utilizing local residents to conduct the sampling is a cost-effective way to expand the spatial ocean acidification dataset coverage, build capacity in those communities and broaden the local knowledge for residents most affected by changing ocean conditions.
Continuing ocean acidification work is critical to understanding the effects of ocean acidification effects on important food resources for the Tribes in the Southcentral region. The community response and interest have been overwhelming and the interest outside the region also continues to grow and this video was made to impress upon the Natural Resource Specialists and community leaders the importance of the ocean acidification sampling program and how it fits into the bigger world of ocean acidification research. It is also intended to educate the samplers and leaders on the results to date and provide them the background needed to share the importance and results to residents of these communities.
ALASKA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY HALIBUT RESEARCH AT THE APMI
Alaska Pacific University (APU) has been spearheading research on halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) for several years. The Alutiiq Pride Marine Institute has been assisting APU staff and graduate students with this important research by providing space at our Institute and animal husbandry services.