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National Marine Fisheries Service

03/04/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/04/2019 14:39

New Digital Image Catalogue and Assessment of Alaska Peninsula Seaweeds is a First

Sample image from the digital catalog (Devaleraea mollis).

'I have been fortunate and surveyed a lot of Alaska's coast, but I have been waiting for at least 15 years to visit this particular stretch of coastline' added Lindeberg. 'For a seaweed nerd like me I had a lot of expectations for this area and I was not disappointed.'

According to Lindeberg, there was a wonderful mix of species assemblages or groups. Some species groups were more similar to the eastern Pacific while others were more characteristic of the western Pacific or the nearby Kodiak Archipelago.

'There were endemic species (native to or restricted to a specific place), new distributions, and some spots that just blew my mind.'

An incredible amount of baseline information on seaweeds of the Alaska Peninsula has been captured in this publication and will be an important resource for researchers and resource managers.

Alaskan Peninsula Seaweeds.

Long History of Seaweed Study

The scientific study of algae, known as phycology, began in the late 18th century but there still remains a lot to be learned about benthic marine algae from their distribution, life history, and sustainability in a changing environment. This is especially true for the remote and extensive coastline of Alaska where access is often limited by extreme conditions or costly travel.

Acknowledgments

Support for this body of work was provided by NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service - Alaska Fisheries Science Center in conjunction with the larger efforts funded by Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Alaska Outer Continental Shelf Region.

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