Communications & Outreach
A formal communications plan for the final products of the Gulf of Alaska Project is under development. We have been communicating preliminary results in a variety of ways, including annual presentations at scientific conferences such as the Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Western Groundfish Conference, and Americal Fisheries Society meetings. We talk with the general public at Sitka WhaleFest each year and other such public events.
Connecting with the interested public in digital forums such as social media and blogging was an easy way to disseminate information quickly and efficiently. Facebook was the intentional choice of content delivery as it best represents the platform that our target audiences utilize. To date, over 700 people have liked the project through Facebook. Throughout the project, research team members contributed to our Field Notes, a blogging platform on our website. The scientists posted updates from the field during 2011-2013 posting stories about weather, fish sampling, and the sometimes harsh realities of doing field work offshore in Alaska.
With funding from NPRB, the Sitka Sound Science Center and Encounters North filmed and produced four, short videos describing the Gulf of Alaska Project. In each video, lead scientists discuss the importance of their research and how it relates to the entire Gulf of Alaska ecosystem. The research conducted under the Gulf of Alaska Project will help better understand the critical first year of life of five commercially important fish species.
The radio news outlet KCAW-FM, operated by Raven Radio, has interviewed principal investigators working on the Gulf of Alaska Project. The seabird component to the Gulf of Alaska Project was also featured on Encounters North. Encounters North brings the sounds of the wild to a national weekly radio program on observations, experiences and reflections on the northern world around us. Each program is recorded live in the field, and contains a tight weave of scientific and indigenous perspectives.
To listen to the different radio and podcast features about GOAIERP research, clink on the buttons below.
Courtesy GOAIERP Research Team