Discover the science behind the success of Alaska’s fisheries with a tour of one of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s leading science facilities — the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute — located right here in Juneau.
NOAA Fisheries is once again offering free daily tours of the 60,000 square foot facility. Juneau residents are invited to share this local “secret” with their out-of-town guests.
“Last year we had about 850 people tour the lab, mostly with Juneau connections,” Tour Guide Ralph Steeves, said. “This year, we have arranged for access to the wet lab, which features a touch tank so folks can actually touch some of these sea creatures to see what they feel like.”
TSMRI is just one of several NOAA labs located from Seattle to Kodiak that make up the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, the scientific arm of NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region.
AFSC scientists conduct the research Alaska fishers depend upon for sustainable management of Alaska’s federally-managed fisheries, which provide thousands of jobs and generate billions of dollars annually. Alaska’s fisheries are considered to be among the best-managed fisheries in the world. More than half of the seafood Americans eat from U.S. waters is caught in Alaska.
Free behind-the-scenes lab tours will be offered once daily at 1 p.m. each weekday throughout the summer beginning Monday, June 4 and continuing through Sept. 28, except for holidays.
Each tour is limited to 12 people ages 16 and older. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Cameras are welcome.
Tours will begin and end in the downstairs aquarium area and will last about 40 minutes. Following the tour, there will be a 20-minute Science on a Sphere demonstration featuring some of the work NOAA is involved with, as well as climate changes occurring in the Arctic.
Science on a Sphere is a spherical projection system developed by NOAA in which a high-resolution video is projected on a suspended globe rather than a flat screen.
For more information on the tours or to reserve a spot, contact Ralph Steeves at 789-6050.