Hawaii & Alaska
Hawaii & Alaska
Waterways

AK - Anchorage lawsuit over port construction allowed to proceed

A federal judge allowed a lawsuit filed by Anchorage to proceed against the U.S. Maritime Administration over more than $300 million in failed construction at the city’s port.

Hawaii & Alaska
Waterways

HI - Hawaii Cargo Shipping Firm Seeks $25M From State Virus Funds

A Hawaii ocean shipping firm has requested $25 million in federal coronavirus relief funds from the state to keep the company operating.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

HI - Board rejects Hawaii commercial aquarium fishing statement

A state board has rejected an environmental impact statement submitted by a group seeking permits for commercial aquarium fishing around Hawaii island.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

HI - Water Samples Show Oxybenzone Levels Drop In Kahaluʻu Bay

The Kohala Center says reef-friendly sunscreen initiatives have had a positive effect on water quality, but continued efforts are needed to save coral reefs.

Southeast
Local

USA - What Happens if a Hurricane Hits During the Pandemic?

It’s deep into the summer and a massive hurricane looms off the Florida coast, threatening enormous destruction and widespread power blackouts. In normal times, in such a scenario, the orders would come down for millions of coastal residents: Evacuate.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

HI - Meet the very shy, red volcano sponge

Hawaii is home to the the red volcano sponge, and they cover the sea floor on certain reefs, and look like six-inch-tall, mini red volcanoes erupting.

Coastwide
Science

Int'l - Even biodiverse coral reefs still vulnerable to climate change and invasive species

A new study reveals clear evidence highlighting the importance of fish biodiversity to the health of spectacular tropical coral reef ecosystems. However, the study's results show that even though strong relationships between diversity and a healthy ecosystem persist, human-driven pressures of warming oceans and invasive species still diminish ecosystems in various ways.

Coastwide
Engineering

Int'l - CCell Renewables and Vicor collaborate to power new coral reef growth

CCell Renewables and Vicor collaborate to power new coral reef growth Innovative power delivery system accelerates coral reef restoration to save coastlines and protect communities

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

AK - ‘It Could Happen Anytime’: Scientists Warn of Alaska Tsunami Threat

A retreating glacier is increasing the risk of a catastrophic landslide and tsunami within a few decades, researchers say.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

Am Samoa - Climate change threatens Rose Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

One of the biggest impacts of climate change will be on islands and coastal regions. That includes Rose Atoll Marine National Monument, an uninhabited island and protected sanctuary for dozens of wildlife species in the equatorial Pacific’s U.S. territory of American Samoa. (Also see 360 video of Rose Atoll Monument)

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

AK - OP-Ed Bristol Bay headwaters: The last place we should mine

Looming over Bristol Bay is the specter of the Pebble Mine: A massive open-pit copper mine proposed in the bay’s headwaters, in a pristine area covered with wetlands, streams and shallow ponds.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

USA - NCCOS Research Provides Scientific Foundation for U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

A recent U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruling found that pollution discharge into groundwater from a Maui County (HI) sewage treatment plant (County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund) fueled macroalgal (seaweed) blooms along the west side of the Island of Maui. This case is based on research funded by the NCCOS Competitive Research Program (CRP) beginning almost 30 years ago.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Alaska halibut has been battered by foreign imports

Sales of Alaska's most popular seafoods are being hit hard by markets upended by the coronavirus, but perhaps none is getting battered worse than halibut. Along with the big losses in the lucrative restaurant trade, Pacific halibut also is facing headwinds from increasing foreign imports.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

AK - Official delegation visits Kodiak amid salmon season worries

A delegation of state and federal officials is visiting Kodiak today as part of a statewide tour aimed, in part, at learning how fishing communities are preparing for the influx of workers for the salmon fishing season and how they are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

AK - USFWS Focusing on Food-Related Causes for 2018 Seabird Die-off, Says Avian Flu is Common Among Bering Sea Birds

THE EXACT CAUSE OF THE 2018 SEABIRD DIE-OFF, that affected more than a thousand birds in the Bering Strait region, is still unknown. However, scientists with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) believe it is not related to a strain of Avian flu that was found in two seabirds, refuting prior theories from a researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

HI - Measure Aims to Ramp Up Federal Response to Coral Reef Disaster

Congressman Ed Case (HI-01) introduced in the US House of Representatives his bipartisan Coral Reef Conservation Reauthorization Act on Friday to continue, update and improve our national commitment to save our endangered coral reefs as first set forth in a measure enacted twenty years ago.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Rogue tourists arrested as Hawaii tries to curb virus spread

Hawaii authorities are cracking down on rogue tourists who are visiting beaches, riding personal watercraft, shopping and generally flouting strict requirements that they quarantine for 14 days after arriving.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

AK - Loss Of Cruise Ship Business Upends Glacier Bay National Park's Budget

While national parks across the country are working on their reopening plans, staff at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska is working on a plan to survive the loss of roughly 70 percent of its annual budget, a loss tied to cruise ships not leaving port for the park's waters this summer.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

HI - As sea level rises, multiple factors threaten Honolulu's urban infrastructure

Today and as sea level continues to rise in the future, extreme high tide events cause Honolulu, Hawai'i's primary urban center to experience flooding not just from water washing directly over the shoreline, but also from groundwater inundation as the water table is pushed toward the surface, and reverse flow through the municipal drainage system.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Arctic 'shorefast' sea ice threatened by climate change

For people who live in the Arctic, sea ice that forms along shorelines is a vital resource that connects isolated communities and provides access to hunting and fishing grounds. A new study by Brown University researchers found that climate change could significantly reduce this "shorefast ice" in communities across Northern Canada and Western Greenland.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - Construction to begin on Waikiki groin replacement project

HONOLULU — Construction crews are slated to start work earlier than scheduled on a replacement groin in Waikiki since fewer people are on the beach amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

HI - Well-Known Oʻahu Monk Seal, ʻHoney Girlʻ Found Dead

Wildlife officials announced the death of a beloved, female Hawaiian monk seal known to most who spotted her regularly as “Honey Girl.”

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

HI - Aquarium trade releases final EIS for reopening West Hawaii fishery

West Hawaii’s coastal waters — closed to aquarium fishing for more than two years — should reopen to just 10 commercial aquarium fishermen, a final environmental impact statement released Thursday states.

Hawaii & Alaska
Recreation

HI - Sailboats Finding Few Safe Harbors As Hawaiʻi Ports Lock Down

While many locations are looking to ease their COVID-19 restrictions – others are still on lockdown, including Hawaiʻi. This presents potentially dangerous challenges for those sailing the oceans in private boats.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

HI - Earth is on Vacation in Hawaiʻi Right Now

The upside of the statewide shutdown? Hawaiʻi’s beaches are getting the R&R they need.

Hawaii & Alaska
Recreation

HI - Absence of divers and snorkelers bringing new life to coral reefs

While tourists and residents may be unhappy about Hawaii’s stay at home order, that’s not true for the marine life. The absence of scuba divers and snorkelers is bringing new life to the coral reefs around Oahu.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - 'It's beyond frustrating': tensions peak as Hawaii locals urge tourists to stay out

Hundreds of travelers, motivated in part by low airfares, are riding out the pandemic in Hawaii – but some islanders see it a disregard for their home

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Safe conduct of Alaska salmon fisheries is possible during coronavirus crisis, Fish and Game says

State fisheries managers insist it is too early to close commercial salmon fisheries to prevent the spread of COVID-19 despite growing concerns from many in small communities about the coming influx of seasonal workers.

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