Home linkWho We Are LinkResearch LinkEducation linkReflections LinkProducts LinkGet Involved Link
PMMC Projects

Present Projects

Public Service Announcements (PSA)
As education is a major emphasis of this organization, the PMMC is in the process of producing PSA segments on various marine mammals of Southeast Alaska.  These segments will be played on our local radio station.  We hope to have the PSA segments put on a CD for distribution to other radio stations and for sale at the Center.
Wheel House Guides
These guides will be printed for commercial and charter vessel use and contain information about preventative measures to avoid marine mammal entanglements.  There will be a “What to do” and a “What not to do” lists in the case of an entanglement along with additional information.  Some of the additional information will include illustrations and diagrams of possible entanglements, a list of contact information for disentanglement organizations, and an illustration of anatomy to be used to correctly describe an entanglement. 

Past Projects
The SPLASH project is a four year international effort which has been organized to measure the structure of populations, levels of abundance, and the status of humpback whales in the North Pacific. Our involvement with the “Splash” program is through Prof. Jan Straley from the University of Alaska Southeast in Sitka, Alaska.  With pass-through funds provided by a member/benefactor, the PMMC supported Jan Straley and a team of researchers who studied late-departing and over-wintering humpback whales in Seymour Canal.  Photo identification and skin tissue samples were used to identify and provide familial relationships as well as the health of the sampled whales.
Informational Sheets
The PMMC aided the Alaska Forrest Service in the production of informational sheets on the Humpback whales in Frederick Sound for distribution.  These forms were written by PMMC member, Barry Bracken, and are available at the Center.

Whale Camp
In the summer, the PMMC hosts a semiannual whale camp in conjunction with Tongass Kayak Adventures.  These camps are open to which people interested in marine mammals.  The camp itself is located in an area near a known humpback whale feeding ground.  With excursions in the day and presentations by researchers at night, this is a very hands on approach to learning about marine mammals, specifically humpback whales.

Sightings Forms
In hopes to increase the knowledge about marine mammal feeding behaviors and locations during the summer months, the PMMC has created sighting forms that are distributed to local fishermen and charter boats.  These forms are then voluntarily filled out and returned to the Center to be compiled.
Interpretive Panel - With a grant from the local Petersburg community, PMMC advisor Jim Nahmens prepared an interpretive panel to be displayed at Outlook Park.  This panel contains information about humpback whale migration, physical features, and surface and feeding behaviors. 
The PMMC has provided several scholarships to deserving students that allows them to attend seminars and conferences in other communities.
Library References
With donations of books and articles and a continual search for updated literature, a collection of references have been developed for students to peruse through for marine mammal projects or reports.  Students and other interested individuals are able to use our website as a guide to what books we have available at the Center.  Please look through the reference sites for more information
Internship Program
We have established an internship program for students that can encompass an eight week or twelve week commitment.  Through this internship students are able to learn large amounts of marine mammal information, present presentations on marine mammals and related issues, as well as have an opportunity to meet and work with the renown researchers that are traveling through this area.  Please refer to the internship site for more information and application forms.

Future Projects
Expand Scholarship/Intern Programs
Develop additional scholarship programs to support students that are planning a career in marine biology and endowments for additional interns. 
Class Presentations
Develop traveling classroom projects in which PMMC members can have organized classroom plans for every age that can be used to present information to students in an interactive and exciting way.  This would include a “books” project that would allow for creative products of the class to be prepared into a bound book.
Course Development
We would like to prepare and establish course offerings through the local Community Schools Program so that students can have a set number of requirements that must be met to achieve college credit for their work at the PMMC.
Listening Site
With the establishment of Outlook Park, we would like to create a listening site in Frederick sound so that people could listen, monitor, and record marine calls as well as other natural marine sounds.  With this listening sight, people from the community and traveling public can enjoy the underwater displays as much as the above water displays and learn about the social and feeding calls of humpback whales.  This would also be an opportunity for people to observe the effects of boat noise and different types of noise pollution. 
Vocalization CDs
After collecting various recordings of humpback and orca vocalizations, we would like to prepare CDs of these social sounds and calls that would be distributed to interested individuals.
“Whale Week”
Eventually, we would like to set up our own “whale week” in Petersburg that would coincide with traveling researchers.  This would occur sometime in the summer months and would have active participation by the local individuals, artisans, and businesses.  This would allow for a larger number of people to congregate for experiencing whales in Petersburg.

Cultural Center
In cooperation with the local community, the PMMC is helping with the creation of a Cultural Center along with the Petersburg Arts Association, the Clausen Memorial Museum, the library, and a substantial number of community people.


All materials copyright 2006 Petersburg Marine Mammal Center and/or its content contributors. All Rights Reserved. Photo credits & copyrights can be found here.