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Sitka WhaleFest 2016


Sitka WhaleFest hosts a unique science symposium blending local knowledge and scientific inquiry concerning the rich marine environment of the North Pacific. The festival includes many community and cultural activities such as the science symposium lectures, interactive student sessions, marine wildlife cruises with scientists, a marine themed artisan market, music, local foods, a banquet, art and fun run/walk.

This year is the 20th Anniversary of the Sitka WhaleFest and the theme is "Whales Through Time: the Story Continues."

As part of its special twentieth anniversary,  Sitka WhaleFest will focus on whales as a time telling device - what we’ve learned in the last twenty years, what whale science is revealing about our changing planet today, and how the study of whales connects the world into the future.

For 20 years, Sitka WhaleFest has brought marine scientists from around the globe to share current scientific research with an eager and interested audience.  For a generation, researchers from a variety of disciplines have reported on new scientific thinking and innovative  tools to study the ocean.

Science has demonstrated over and over how oceans influence every inch of the planet. Whether we are on the coast of Alaska, or in the middle of the Great Plains, we all live with the sea.   Speakers at the 2016 symposium will present on the exciting innovations in whale research and  how whales connect us all.


  • When

  • Thursday, November 3, 2016 - Sunday, November 6, 2016

  • Where

  • Harrigan Centennial Hall
    330 Harbor Drive
    Sitka, Alaska 99835

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