By Jennifer Castle
May 04, 2010
When I was growing up, I lived in a community with an aquarium. As a young child I had an opportunity to go to a summer camp program "behind the scenes" at the facility. Marine Biologists taught it and we learned how samples are collected from the seas all over the world, and the ecosystems they live in. This experience had a profound effect on me. It was my first experience really understanding how every living thing is a part of the other. Why wouldn't we want a place that can help engage our youth and broader community in the diverse life right outside our door?
When I think of the Oceans Alaska project, I think of the following:
I realize that the combination of the downturn in the economy and the reduced numbers of guests on boats is daunting for all businesses and residents in Ketchikan. In order to combat this and encourage people to first of all come here, and then spend money here we need to make our community as attractive, exciting and with the broadest appeal to the most potential visitors-and current and potential residents.
Received May 03, 2010 - Published May 04, 2010
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