Month: November 2010

Noise equals knowledge for ocean scientists, students

Scientists from around the country are in Sitka for four days of workshops and discussions during this year's Sitka WhaleFest. The annual conference includes a program that sends scientists into area schools, to give students the chance to get their hands -- and ears -- on science.

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Invasive sea squirt subject of Sitka meeting

State officials say an invasive species of sea squirt has been found in Sitka’s Whiting Harbor. The small invertebrate is called a “tunicate.” It was discovered for the first time in Alaska when volunteers and scientists conducted a "BioBlitz" in Sitka last June. Test results came back in August confirming the tunicates as a species not native to Sitka Sound. A public meeting Monday night at 6:30 at Harrigan Centennial Hall aims to explain how serious the threat is, and why Sitkans should be paying attention.

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McAdams happy with campaign, despite loss

Scott McAdams will take a week off before returning to work as director of community schools for the Sitka School District. Sitka’s former mayor and the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate says he’s proud of his campaign, despite a third-place finish in the polls.

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Sitka Tribe urges enforcement on roe harvest

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska is asking for better enforcement of rules that prohibit out-of-state residents from harvesting subsistence herring roe. The tribe’s concern centers around commercial fishing vessels that bring in tons of the eggs and giving them away for free.

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