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August 2, 2004

Festival offers sea of educational opportunities


Anchorage, Alaska—Alaska Sea Grant participated in the second annual Alaska Oceans Festival, held July 17 in Anchorage's Delaney Park. Sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy and the Alaska Oceans Program, the free event was designed to educate the public and raise awareness about the importance of healthy oceans.
Sea Grant Communications Manager Kurt Byers coordinated a tent for Alaska Sea Grant, with indispensable help from Marine Advisory Program staff Julie Carpenter, Beverly Bradley, and Ellie Evans. At least 2,000 people, most of them receptive to learning about our marine resources, attended the festival. The Sea Grant-MAP team sold Alaska Sea Grant publications and kept kids and adults entertained with Sea Grant's marine ecosystem electronic identification board.

Other groups at the festival included the Alaska SeaLife Center, NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Boating Safety Program, Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Committee, the Imaginarium, and a variety of environmental groups. Other booths offered food and drink, and Alaska crafts. Musical groups performed throughout the day and evening, alternating with speakers who shared information on marine topics.

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