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Welcome to the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
We are a team of researchers, educators and support staff working to develop a better understanding of ecological processes in the Gulf of Alaska, with emphasis on Lower Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay. In 1999, Kachemak Bay was designated as part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve system. This system is a national network of 28 estuaries representing different biogeographic regions of the United States that are protected for long-term research water-quality monitoring, education and coastal stewardship. Our estuaries in Alaska are partially enclosed bodies of water where freshwater from the land mixes with the ocean's saltwater.
Our mission is to enhance understanding and appreciation of the Kachemak Bay estuary and adjacent waters to ensure that these ecosystems remain healthy and productive.