The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska's marine ecosystems. The ASLC is a cold-water research and public aquarium with three mission areas: Research, Wildlife Response, and Education. The ASLC is a uniquely positioned cold water research center contributing valuable scientific understanding of marine mammals, birds, and fish to the world, as well as informing the management of the region. Over 100 research programs have been conducted since opening in 1998. The ASLC is Alaska's only Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited facility. The ASLC is the state's only marine mammal rehabilitation facility in support of orphaned and injured animals. Twenty four different species of marine mammals have generated 1,213 total responses, along with 1,063 aquatic and terrestrial birds since the first patient arrived in July 1997, before the Center opened. The ASLC is at the forefront of communication on climate change research and its impact on marine ecosystems. The ASLC is Alaska's only public aquarium. Over 165,000 students, national and international tourists and Alaska residents are educated annually. The ASLC is sustained by the financial support of our members, partners, corporate and grant funders, and individual donors.
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The Alaska SeaLife Center is Alaska's only public aquarium and marine mammal rehabilitation facility, and is a uniquely positioned cold water research center, contributing valuable scientific understanding of marine mammals, birds, and fish to the world, as well as informing the management of the region.
Thanks to the generous donations of Alaskans, the ASLC has used Pick.Click.Give. funding to support critical mission activities. Marine research, educational programs, wildlife response, aquarium operations, and exhibit development and maintenance programs have all benefited from Pick.Click.Give. donations, and it's just the beginning!
Over two decades of expanding expertise in baseline monitoring, field and laboratory research, wildlife response, and educational outreach, the ASLC serves as the primary research and wildlife response facility for the sea life of the region; and, as such, serves as the global rendezvous point for scientists, students, policymakers, donors, and visitors who seek to understand and support coastal Alaska's Arctic and sub-Arctic marine environments.
With over 34,000 miles of tidal shoreline along the Arctic Ocean, the Bering Sea, and the North Pacific, Alaska is home to rich and diverse ecosystems of sea life that is unlike any other on earth, and which has existed for millions of years. Today, amidst a rapidly changing climate, there is increasing global awareness of the significance of these waters - from the marine life that they support - to shipping, offshore development, tourism, and seafood harvesting. There is also growing awareness that the investments we make as stewards of this region now will determine the long-term health and well-being of all who live in and depend upon it in the future – whether they be ice seals, octopuses, eiders, wild salmon, other sea life or mankind.
We annually educate over 165,000 students, national and international tourists, and Alaska residents through memorable wildlife encounters and education experiences that inform lifelong choices through day programs, overnight Nocturnes, outreach trips, distance education, and road scholar programs.
We are excited about the ongoing opportunity to accomplish great things through YOUR Pick.Click.Give. donations. Keep helping with the mission to enable Alaskans to be knowledgeable stewards of the oceans that surround our great state.