A Mystery in Alaska
Additional Web and Print Resources

Web Resources

North Pacific Universities Marine Mammal Research Consortium
http://www.marinemammal.org
A wealth of information on sea lion research, including work from Andrew Trites’ team.

Steller’s sea lion Information Page
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/speciesid/fish_page/fish35a.html
Profile of the Steller’s sea lion

Steller Sea Lions
http://stellersealions.noaa.gov/
Information from the National Marine Fisheries Service, including a searchable database of federally funded sea lion projects worldwide.

National Academies Sea Lion report
http://lab.nap.edu/nap-cgi/discover.cgi?term=sea+lions
A good overview of the factors contributing to Steller sea lion declines.

Steller Sea Lion
http://www.adfg.state.ak.us/pubs/notebook/marine/sealion.php
Basic biology and more.

Scientists involved in sea lion issues:

Ken Pitcher, Ph.D., Alaska Department of Fish and Game
http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/membership/ssc/pitcher.pdf (pdf)

Dr. Andrew Trites, Associate Professor and Director of the Marine Mammal Research Unit in the Fisheries Centre
http://www.fisheries.ubc.ca/members/atrites/

Dr. Fred Sharpe, Alaska Whale Foundation
http://www.alaskawhalefoundation.org/aboutAWF/board.html

Michael Rehberg, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
http://hosting.uaa.alaska.edu/afjmb4/People/mr/index.htm

Dr. Gary Thomas, Professor, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/divs/mbf/People/Faculty/Thomas/

Dr. Mark Wipfli, Associate Professor of Freshwater Ecology, University of Alaska – Fairbanks
http://users.iab.uaf.edu/~mark_wipfli/

 

Books

Ford, Corey. WHERE THE SEA BREAKS ITS BACK: THE EPIC STORY OF EARLY NATURALIST GEORG STELLER AND THE RUSSIAN EXPLORATION OF ALASKA. Anchorage: Alaska Northwest Books, 1992.

Reed, Don C. WILD LION OF THE SEA: THE STELLER SEA LION THAT REFUSED TO BE TAMED. San Francisco: Sierra Club Juveniles, 1992.

Riedman, Marianne. THE PINNIPEDS: SEALS, SEA LIONS, AND WALRUSES. San Francisco: University of California Press, 1991.

Steller, Georg. JOURNAL OF A VOYAGE WITH BERING, 1741-1742. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 1988.

Sydeman, Michelle. ALASKA WILDLIFE VIEWING GUIDE. New York: Falcon, 1996.

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  • Elizabeth Neill

    I think the show would be an even more effective educational tool if a five-minute epilogue updating current research could be aired. It seemed important to me to address the question of whether restricting the fishing of pollock (sp?) fish was having any effect at all on declining sea lion populations, not least because of its adverse effect on Alaska fishermen.
    Aside from that, I’d like to say that the show was beautiful, moving, did a good job of exploring multiple factors possibly affecting sea lion decline and did a good job of demonstrating the web of predator/prey relationships that can be adversely affected. Indirectly, of course, it reinforced the message that global warming is rapidly changing our world is ways so complex it is hard to document and understand.

  • Mike Colasurdo

    I would agree with Elizabeth…

  • Aaron Thompson

    Has there been a discussion in alaska in easing the polluck fishing restrictions in exchange for reducing the herring take?

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