Fish Radio

April 15, 2014

 KAMSS                                                                                   Kodiak Island

 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch — Kodiak showcases a lighter side of science   More after this —

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Lifestyles of the small and toothy … Not all waters are created equal … and whales as sentinels in   changing marine surroundings are just a few things that  people   will learn  about at next week’s the Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium, or KAMSS.  

  This is a pretty unique gathering of folks who have been doing research in the Kodiak area that work for state, federal and academic entities – all getting together and bringing their science back to the folks of Kodiak. 

Kate Wynn is a marine mammal researcher at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center and co-organizer of the Sea Grant event. Nearly 40 presentations are scheduled over four days ranging from the bottom up –  

 Crab research through birds and mammals and humans and seafood science and arecheology – and they are all related to marine science and we put them in an order that goes from the bottom of the food web to the top and human dimensions. They just flow. 

  The topics flow quickly.  Each presentation is limited to 15 minutes and five minutes for questions. Wynn says there is one other rule —

 That these presented in a way that anyone can uncderstand. Don’t overwhelm them  with scientific detail that you might in a scientific symposium to your peers, these are school kids, guys off the street, who want to know what you’re talking about. 7

 Sea Grant has hosted similar symposia in other Alaska communities to highlight local research that affects people’s lives. Wynn says a goal is to make science enjoyable and not to scare people away.

 We’ve had discussions about even using the word science in the symposium name. It can throw people off and be intimidating . we are trying to get past that because these are just fun facts in a lot of cases about things that apply to our lives.  

The KAMSS event runs from April 22 through 26. It includes videos, workshops and more and it’s free.

 Google KAMSS or visit Alaska Sea Grant.    And  ComFish kicks off this Thursday in Kodiak. www.comfishalaska.com .   

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – serving Alaska’s fishing communities for 104 years.  On the web at www.oceanbeauty.com .. In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.

http://seagrant.uaf.edu/conferences/2014/kamss/index.php

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