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Ocean Knowledge, a collaboration between AOOS and KNOM: Episode 1

Megan Onders out on a boat. Photo courtesy of Megan Onders, used with permission (2022).

Megan Onders of Nome with Alaska Ocean Observation System created a new show about the ocean ecosystem, local & regional concerns and subsistence in Western Alaska. Ocean Knowledge on KNOM aims to provide the inspiration and tools for people to become more engaged with ocean stewardship.

During the premiere of Ocean Knowledge, listeners heard from Sylvester Ayek, who moved from King Island to Nome, about his journey, boat safety and staying healthy on the island. Kate Haapala, an analyst with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, talked about the history of NPFMC and how it began to consider local subsistence knowledge in the management of and recommendations for fisheries. This show’s final guest Gay Sheffield with the UAF Alaska Sea Grant program shared about an on-going survey of harmful algal blooms in the Bering Strait and how they affect subsistence. Click below to listen to the full program.

Photo at the top: Megan Onders with Alaska Ocean Observing System leads Ocean Knowledge on KNOM. Photo courtesy of Megan Onders.

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