>A Northern Perspective on Safety, Security, and Stewardship

>I was invited to participate in the University of Alaska’s Marine Policy Seminar Series, “Cruise Ship Impacts in the Marine Environment.” The class is part of their graduate program, with speakers from ADEC, U.S. Forest Service, University of Washington, and others sharing their expertise. It is co-sponsored by the National Park Service and open to the public.

For me, it was particularly intriguing, because I had never met with a group where some people were physically present, while others participated via webcams. The folks from Seward, Fairbanks, and the National Park Service joined the class with computer cameras/and voiceover IP, while the local students and public interacted with them on screens around the room. We had a great conversation – discussed the Coast Guard’s broad role of Safety, Security and Stewardship and how these missions are intertwined. Those attending were very interested in the demands placed on the Coast Guard with the increasing size of cruise ships and the transits further north.

I really enjoyed the group and discussion, and hope we can work with the University in partnership on future projects.

Captain Melissa Bert
Coast Guard Sector Juneau