From the beginning, the Board has strived to make its information available to many different audiences including managers, rural communities, people dependent upon the resources, students, congressional representatives, and others interested in the marine ecosystems off Alaska.
Strategies for education and outreach include different products and mechanisms for reaching each of these groups, capitalizing on existing partnerships and responding to new opportunities. Some of the Board's first decisions involved education and outreach.
Early in 2002, the Board approved an Alaska SeaLife Center recommendation to use some of the $800,000 North Pacific Marine Research Institute funds to:
The Board prioritized creating a website to provide information to the general public and scientific community. It also placed education and outreach requirements in annual requests for proposals, requiring $500 in each project in the early RFPs, but gradually increasing to $2000 in later RFPs.
Above: NPRB's ten-foot exhibit gives conference and workshop participants an overview of the organization's mission. See larger image