Protesters shouted and carried signs at the gates of the Ted Stevens Marine Research Center during a dedication ceremony held hours before the public was allowed inside the center for tours.
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But they were kept well out of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' sight and earshot.
Stevens breezed through the new 66,000-square-foot center with a constant curiosity of the new labs and offices at Lena Point, 17 miles north of Juneau.
The building, he says, reflects decades of his commitment to the industry, including laws under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, a 30-year-old law that guides fishery management in waters between three miles and 200 miles offshore.
The August recess is normally a time when congressmen make the rounds of their home states to tout projects and visit constituents.
But both Stevens and Rep. Don Young have been met with protests at almost every gathering.