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Lose the loop: How did entangled Steller sea lions lead to Alaska’s first Ocean Guardian schools?

February 23, 2021

Kim Raum-Suryan, NOAA Fisheries’ Alaska Region in Juneau, AK

Join us as we learn about how marine debris impacts Steller sea lions, how we disentangle Steller sea lions, and how this helped us bring NOAA’s Ocean Guardian School Program to Alaska. Explore more about the Ocean Guardian School Program, how you can get this program started in your school, and concrete steps you can take right now to reduce marine mammal entanglements and marine debris.

Resources to access at home:

» Marine Mammal Stranding Program (Stranding Hotline: 877-925-7773)
» NOAA article: “Pinniped entanglement in marine debris”. (pinnipeds are seals, sea lions, and fur seals)
» AK Department of Fish and Game article: “Tangled sea lions get help, biologist team up for capture and aid”
» Entanglement in Marine Debris – Alaska Department of Fish and Game
» Keep the Sea Entanglement Free! – brochure
» Learn how to become an Ocean Guardian School
» Juneau Empire article: “Juneau schools launch ocean guardian program to combat marine mess.”
» Juneau Empire article: “Planet or plastic? Students do their part to protect oceans.”