Actual arrival: June 23, 2009
Actual departure: June 27, 2009
Public Events Planned During the Unalaska Port Call – June 22 to June 25
June 23, 7:00 pm, Museum of the Aleutians – Presentation led by Ocean Watch crew member Michael Reynolds, Ph.D., discussing the innovative research program aboard Ocean Watch. Visit the Science page for background.
June 24, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Dutch Harbor Spit Dock (see map above), Open house dockside including tours of the vessel and an interpretive tent with details on the expedition’s science and education programs. The writer and filmmaker from the crew are eager to document accounts from community members about their relationship with a changing ocean. All ages welcome.
June 24, 7:00 pm, Makushin Room, Grand Aleutian Hotel, Audience choice: brief photo presentation on the expedition and/or screening of A Sea Change: Imagine A World Without Fish, the first documentary about ocean acidification, a little-known but potentially devastating threat to ocean life. KUCB post here. All ages welcome.
* All events are free and open to all.
* Thank you to Reid Brewer, Agent for the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, for organizing these events. Questions can be directed to Reid at 907-581-4589.
Pre-Arrival Updates from Unalaska
June 17 – Article highlighting the Around the Americas expedition and the arrival of Ocean Watch was featured in the Dutch Harbor Fisherman.
Background on Unalaska
Unalaska is located along the Aleutian Chain, approximately 800 miles southwest of Anchorage. The official name of the city’s port is Dutch Harbor, which is across a bridge on Amaknak Island. The city’s economy is largely dependent on commercial fishing, fish processing, fleet services, and transportation. The area is well-known as one of the most abundant fishing grounds, rich in world-class halibut and salmon. There are over 100 species of birds including the whiskered auklet and short-tailed albatross as well as grebes, cormorants, mallards, green-winged teal, harlequins, goldeneye, and bufflehead.