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Shell Alaska Receives Award for Dedication to Science

Michael Macrander, Environmental Team Leader, Shell Alaska

The Alaska SeaLife Center, Alaska’s only combined public aquarium, research facility and ocean wildlife rescue center, honored Shell Alaska with an Alaska Ocean Leadership Award during its Marine Gala, held January 16, 2011.

Through the efforts of Shell and its many partners, a better understanding of the Alaskan Arctic offshore is emerging, further enabling critical decision-making and responsible management of this critical resource.

Michael Macrander, Environmental Team Leader, Shell Alaska

The awards were established as an annual opportunity to recognize outstanding achievements related to ocean sciences, education and resource management in Alaska.

Shell Alaska was presented the “Stewardship and Sustainability Award” – an award highlighting an industry initiative that demonstrates the highest commitment to sustainability of ocean resources.

“Through the efforts of Shell and its many partners,  a better understanding of the Alaskan Arctic offshore is emerging, further enabling critical decision-making and responsible management of this critical resource,” said  Michael Macrander, Environmental Team Leader, Shell Alaska.

Since returning to Alaska in 2005, Shell has engaged in an aggressive environmental studies program in the Arctic offshore.  Shell has worked in a collaborative manner with a wide range of stakeholders, including industry partners, such as ConocoPhillips and Statoil, local, state, and federal governments, universities, and non-government organizations to share resources and facilitate the further development of our understanding of the Arctic marine ecosystem. 

Shell has taken the lead in the development and implementation of new technologies, including unmanned aerial systems, acoustic recorders, and integrated ecosystem studies to advance capacities to work in this challenging offshore environment.  Shell fosters and funds such diverse research as computer assisted identification of marine mammal calls, greatly enhancing the capacity to utilize acoustic sampling technologies, satellite tagging, ice and weather forecasting and physical oceanography. 

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Alaska SeaLife Center for our efforts to further our understanding of Alaska’s ocean resources,” said Pete Slaiby, VP, Shell Alaska. “Recently, Shell entered into a five-year collaborative science agreement with the North Slope Borough Mayor's office that will enable local stakeholders to pursue robust scientific programs.  Shell's program of scientific study in the Arctic is far-reaching and diverse in scope and we are proud to be recognized as one of the scientific leaders in the Alaska offshore,” Slaiby added.