- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - At least two organizations are eyeing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Auke Bay Marine Station which is up for surplus.

The Juneau Empire reports (http://bit.ly/1T47AoA ) that Docks and Harbors, a City and Borough of Juneau entity, and the University of Alaska Southeast have submitted letters of interest to the General Services Administration noting their intention of taking over the building.

Because the building is empty, if interested parties can show that they’d use the station in a way that benefits the public the government will give it to them for free.

The Auke Bay station was built in 1959 for NOAA research on the impacts of development on fish production. NOAA officials began the process of vacating the station after a new marine lab was built in 2005.

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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