• Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park

    Kenai Fjords

    National Park Alaska

Oceans

Coastline of Kenai Fjords

Kenai Fjords is made of up of many different deep-water fjords, like this one.

NPS / JIM PFEIFFENBERGER

Visitors come from all over the world to experience the beauty of the Kenai Fjords' rugged coastline, tidewater glaciers, and pristine fjords. Wildlife, from the massive humpback whale to the sought-after king salmon, also know of the bounty of our waters. Our ocean is one of our most important resources.

Kenai Fjords National Park is tasked with protecting 545 miles of prime Pacific Ocean coastline. It is a great place to learn about and explore our ocean. The lessons learned here, have impacts world-wide.

 

Major issues facing the waters of Kenai Fjords National Park

Ocean Acidification:
Ocean Acidification Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
Alaska Ocean Observing System Resurrection Bay monitoring bouys

Marine Debris:
NOAA's Marine Debris Program
NOAA's Japan Tsunami Marine Debris

Lasting effects of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill of 1989:
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council
"20 Year Later....Exxon Valdez Oil Spill" resource brief

 
Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center

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Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center
This is a partnership organization, based at Kenai Fjords National Park, dedicated to understanding and preserving the marine eco-system, by connecting with Alaska's national parks through research and education.

 

Pacific Ocean Education Team newsletters (POET):
POET is a team of National Park Service employees and partners committed to educating the public about the resource that is our Pacific Ocean. Below are newsletters that have been produces as part of that outreach effort.

Did You Know?

Dall's Porpoise

The Dall’s porpoise may be the fastest small cetacean on the planet. It has been reported to reach speeds of 30 knots. These creatures delight in riding the bow waves of tour boats in Kenai Fjords.