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Research vessel Tiglax visits Seward

The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge support vessel Tiglax cruised up Resurrection Bay this afternoon and docked at the UAF Seward Marine Center.

The Tiglax, which means “Eagle” in Aleut, provides critical support for the Refuge. This includes research and transportation, biological work, management programs, and village outreach and education according to the website: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Alaska_Maritime/what_we_do/mv_tiglax.html

The Refuge stretches from the western end of the Aleutian Islands to southeast Alaska’s panhandle. It has a total area of about 4.9 million acres that includes about 2500 islands.

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Locally, Hive Island, Rugged Island, Barwell, and the Chiswell Islands, an important bird sanctuary and Steller sea lion rookery, are among those managed by the AMNWR.

Carol Griswold

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