UAF awarded $2.5 million for new marine research vessel

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is taking a step forward in a long running effort to get a new research vessel. The National Science Foundation recently announced $2.5 million in funding to cover the first of four stages of construction of a 236-foot Alaska region research ship. UAF Marine Science Institute Director Terry Whitledge says the new vessel, scheduled for completion in 2011, will replace a 125-foot boat the University uses for research.

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks