Kachemak Bay Reserve, Alaska

State

Alaska

State Partner

University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Center for Conservation Science

Acres

372,000

Est. Date

1999

The Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Alaska consists of more than 372,000 acres of diverse coastal ecosystems that provide habitats for a range of species, including Pacific salmon, halibut, herring, whales, porpoises, Stellar sea lions, seals, otters, and crabs. The Reserve is part of NOAA’s Habitat Blueprint, which works to promote marine life, coastal communities, and habitats for fisheries.

Did You Know…

With 372,000 acres, the Kachemak Bay Reserve is the largest in the national system and the only to contain a fiord.

Latest News from the Kachemak Bay Reserve

Re-envisioning Conservation Science

Re-envisioning Conservation Science

For the members of 16 Tribal Nations, Reserve staff, and partners who traveled to Hawaiʻi’s Heʻeia Reserve last April, stepping into a loʻi kalo was the perfect way to begin a conversation with wide-ranging implications—how to indigenize conservation science.

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On the Road to Carbon Markets in Alaska

On the Road to Carbon Markets in Alaska

When it comes to carbon storage, the peatlands of the lower Kenai Peninsula punch way above their weight. Trapped beneath the not quite liquid/not quite solid surface of these vast, spongy wetlands …

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The Kachemak Sponge

The Kachemak Sponge

Like many coastal communities, the City of Homer is experiencing the mixed blessings of growth. While development can have positive economic impacts, it also taxes municipal resources and affects quality of life.

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Kachemak Bay Reserve, Alaska