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Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute Dedication and NOAA Awards Ceremonies

New Research Facility Opens

TSMRI dedication ceremony, see caption
Science and Research Director for Alaska Douglas DeMaster, Regional Administrator for Alaska James Balsiger, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries Willam Hogarth, U.S. Senator for Alaska Ted Stevens, and Auke Bay Laboratories Director Phil Mundy officially opened the new Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute on 21 August 2007 in Juneau, Alaska.

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) held a dedication ceremony of the new Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute at Lena Point in Juneau, Alaska, on 21 August 2007. The facility is the new headquarters of the AFSC’s Auke Bay Laboratories. Tours were provided for the public.

The opening of the facility was the culmination of a 15-year effort to create Alaska’s largest fisheries research facility. The 69,000 square foot, two-story building will enable scientists to expand research into Alaskan fisheries and meet the growing information needs of NMFS’s ecosystem approach to managing fisheries. The center provides the conference facilities, laboratory space, and work space needed to bring together scientists from the many specialties that collaborate to understand and manage Alaska’s fisheries.

What sets the new facility apart from past facilities is its laboratories, which are larger, safer, and provide increased scientific capabilities. In addition to chemistry, genetics, and biology laboratories, the facility includes a large wet lab, a necropsy room equipped to handle small marine mammals, large fish and sharks, an ichthyology laboratory for sorting and identification of specimens, two large walk-in freezers, and a large day room for contractors and other project personnel. The wet lab has just under 2,000 square feet of enclosed space, 4,000 square feet of outdoor space, overhead electric power access, and can receive 1,200 gallons per minute of filtered sea water.

By Sheela McLean and Susan Calderón

TSMRI dedication ceremony, see caption
(left) Founding director of Auke Bay Biological Laboratory George Harry with Dr. Jack Helle, this year’s recipient of NOAA’s Distinguished Career Award. George Harry hired Jack as a fishery research biologist in 1960 and helped launch Jack’s career.

(right) William Hogarth presented Deputy Science and Research Director for Alaska James Coe the 2007 NOAA Administrator’s Award for his leadership in contributing significantly to successful expansion of the Demonstration Project within NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service.


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