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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 370,000 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.

Explore the impact of Kachemak Bay Reserve’s educational programs in 2019, including how they’ve gotten students and community members involved in hands-on learning about marine invasives and harmful algal blooms (HABs).

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

Building the Blue/Green Workforce

Building the Blue/Green Workforce

An unprecedented number of young people want to work in the environmental sciences. Reserves around the System, in collaboration with the Hollings Scholarship Program, are helping them get the experience they need.

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Resilient Fisheries, Resilient Alaska

Resilient Fisheries, Resilient Alaska

When the COVID-19 crisis hit, it underscored the need for Alaska’s Kachemak Bay Reserve to support fisheries-dependent jobs build current and future resilience in the face of climate change and acute disaster.

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Ultimate Classroom at Kachemak Bay

Ultimate Classroom at Kachemak Bay

The Kachemak Bay Reserve is not your typical classroom, but its high-quality education programs and partnerships offer opportunities that Alaska’s students can find nowhere else. These students don’t just learn about science—they do it!

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Kachemak Bay Reserve, Alaska