An interactive kiosk, aimed at communicating the issue of ocean acidification to residents and visitors in Alaska’s coastal communities, is about to move to the Sitka harbor. The kiosk was developed by the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and Cook Inletkeeper, and started off on the Homer Spit in 2015 before moving to Kodiak last spring.
The touch screen allows users to explore the causes of acidification, as well as the current and potential effects on fisheries and ecosystems. Video testimony from experts, fishermen and local leaders provides a voice for groups affected by and studying these vital changes. Finally, there is an opportunity for participants to act on current efforts addressing ocean acidification, and engage with other organizations and leaders.
The kiosk will be unveiled in Sitka in conjunction with Sitka Whalefest Nov 4-6. Whalefest is an annual science and community event celebrating our marine ecosystem. For more information on the kiosk, contact Hannah Heimbuch at the Alaska Marine Conservation Council.