Hawaii & Alaska
Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

Kahana Beach Nourishment Project Presented to Public as Ocean Engineers Seek Solutions to Sea Level Rise Damage in Hawaii

A proposal for a regional response to erosion partially caused by sea level rise (SLR) in Hawaii was introduced to the public on March 8 in the form of an Environmental Impact Statement Preparation Notice (EISPN) “Kahana Bay Erosion Mitigation Project Lahaina District, Island of Maui” with a 30-day public response period.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Second gray whale found dead this month, this time near Cordova

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A second gray whale has been found dead, making it the third whale found in just a few weeks in Alaska. This time the carcass was found near Cordova. At least 60 gray whales have been reported stranded dead along the west coast, during their spring migration from Mexico to Alaska. Of those necropsied, many were found to be skinny and malnourished.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Researchers push back against Hawaii shark protection bill

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Legislation meant to protect Hawaii’s shark population was altered at the 11th hour to remove the apex predators from the bill amid concerns from the scientific community.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

In Alaska, climate change is showing increasing signs of disrupting everyday life

It was another cold season full of records in Alaska, mostly of the abnormally warm kind. The state is in the midst of a five-plus-year onslaught of extreme warmth, only infrequently broken by the customary cold. This year’s warm season has begun on the same foot.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Alaska salmon industry's access to lucrative markets hinges on sustainable eco-label

Hatcheries release over a billion juvenile salmon into the Gulf of Alaska each year, and recently, fishermen, scientists and interest groups have been fighting about the impacts of all of those fish.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

Hawaii Land Board Approves $4.5M in Land Conservation Grants

The Department of Land and Natural Resources reports that Kohala lands within the Kula Iwi (homeland) of Kamehameha the Great on Hawai‘i Island; stunningly beautiful coastal pasture in Hāna, Maui; restored access to a Hawaiian fishpond on Kaua‘i’s north shore; and two tracts of high-quality O‘ahu forest can now be protected for public benefit with the help of grant funding from the State Legacy Land Conservation Program.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Study says Hawaii reefs provide $835M in flood protection

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s coral reefs provide more than $835 million in flood protection for the state annually, according to a new study.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

Waikiki Flooding concerns spur push for Hawaii shore protection

Honolulu, Hawaii - As rising sea levels caused by climate change overtake its white sand beaches and city streets hawaii’s iconic Waikiki Beach could soon be submerged.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Alaska's indigenous people feel the heat of climate change

The cemetery has already been moved twice, the old school is underwater and the new one is facing the same fate as erosion constantly eats away at the land in Napakiak.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

Waikiki Flooding concerns spur push for Hawaii shore protection

As rising sea levels caused by climate change overtake its white sand beaches and city streets hawaii’s iconic Waikiki Beach could soon be submerged.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Solving the Riddle of Coral Reef Halos

The University of Hawai‘i reports that coral reefs worldwide are threatened by a variety of human impacts. Fishing is among the most pressing threats to reefs, because it occurs on most reef systems and fundamentally alters food webs.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

New Hawaii aquaculture accelerator ramping up

Hatch is aiming to boost aquaculture startup community.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

Alaska Is Bracing for This Year’s Supersize Cruise Season

Cruise operators go where they see demand, and Alaska has been a hot market for a while now. Will the introduction of more and bigger ships change that dynamic?

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

Hawaii Pushes for Protection Plan to Save Beaches from Rising Sea Levels

New Legislation Aiming at Protecting Hawaii from Climate Change. New legislation in Hawaii is aiming at protecting tourist beaches and urban areas from flooding due to Climate Change.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

Hawaii: Waikiki flood concerns spur push for Hawaii shore protection

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's iconic Waikiki Beach could soon be underwater as rising sea levels caused by climate change overtake its white sand beaches and bustling city streets.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Alaska: Salmon passions

Seldom if ever has a more than two-year-old op-ed in an Alaska newspaper attracted the kind of attention the Alaska House Resources Committee on Monday night devoted to the jottings of retired Anchorage Superior Court Judge Karl Johnstone.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Bacteria surrounding coral reefs change in synchrony, even across great distance

Communications by researchers at San Diego State University (SDSU), the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and others revealed that the bacteria present in the water overlying dozens of coral reefs changed dramatically during the night, and then returned to the same daytime community as observed the morning before.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

Hawai‘i’s Managed Retreat Proposal Offers an Early Model for Relocation—At a Cost

As seas rise, middle- and working-class Hawaiians worry they’ll be forced out of their homes, while the rich rebuild.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

Hawaii News: The fight for beach access

ALIOMANU, HI — The pending sale of a piece of property in Aliomanu is triggering the closure of a streamside path that people have been using to access the beach for years.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Report on isle coral resiliency a mixed bag of good, bad news

Some reefs surviving better but all areas at risk with climate change, land-based sediment, toxic runoff

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Science

Alaska NOAA Team Examines Dead Endangered Sperm Whale

First time NOAA Fisheries has had a report of a dead sperm whale in Alaska's Inside Passage

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Parts of Alaska, Including America’s Northernmost City, Crushed March Records in Astoundingly Warm Month

"March was the warmest of record over nearly all of Alaska north of the Alaska Range and Bristol Bay," tweeted the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. "Some places on the North Slope and in Northwest Arctic Borough were more than 20 degrees Fahrenheit (11 degrees Celsius) above normal."

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

USGS Coral study traces excess nitrogen to Maui wastewater treatment facility

A new method for reconstructing changes in nitrogen sources over time has enabled scientists to connect excess nutrients in the coastal waters of West Maui, Hawaii, to a sewage treatment facility that injects treated wastewater into the ground.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Fish funds: Coastal communities fight for Alaska’s fish tax

None of the members of the Alaska Senate Community and Regional Affairs committee lives near the sea, but at a hearing last week they were not impressed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s plan to pull millions of dollars in fish taxes from remote coastal towns.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

New study measures UV-filter chemicals in seawater and corals from Hawaii

Scientists have completed the first comprehensive assessment of UV-filters in surface seawater, sediment, and coral tissue from multiple coral reefs around the island of Oahu, Hawaii. UV-filters are active ingredients in sunscreens, but are also added to many other products, including textile, plastics, and paint to prevent photo degradation.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

Portlock Hawaii residents asked to cut back vegetation for public beach access

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Conservation and Coastal Lands division surveyed a stretch of beach fronting homes in the Portlock area earlier this week, and will be notifying about 10 property owners of their need to have vegetation trimmed or cut back.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

US judge rules cod quota set-asides for Alaskan cities are unlawful

Washington, D.C. Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kelly ruled March 21 that the North Pacific Council’s Amendment 113 (A113) to the Bering Sea Groundfish Fisheries Management Plan does not comply with Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) requirements.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

Tourism in Hawaii Has Reached 'Tipping Point', Say Experts

Tourism in Hawaii has reached “tipping point”, experts from the University of Hawaii have warned, as annual visitor numbers reach ten million on the small Pacific archipelago.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

3D models for better coral reef monitoring developed at U of Hawaii Hilo

3D imaging is a better way to track coral reefs, according to University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo researchers. John H.R. Burns, a UH Hilo assistant professor of marine science, has developed a research program that enhances coral reef research by converting 2D images into 3D reconstructions of reef habitats, using a technique called structure-from-motion photogrammetry.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

Revisiting features of the Exxon Valdez oil spill

Considering future impacts of oil and vessel distress in Alaska marine water

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

West Coast Waters Grow More Productive with Shift Toward Cooler Conditions

The ocean off the West Coast is shifting from several years of unusually warm conditions, toward a cooler and more productive regime that may boost salmon returns and populations of other ocean predators, according to a new NOAA Fisheries report.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

Kahana Bay condos aim to fight erosion with beach nourishment plan

KAHANA BAY, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new beach nourishment proposal could help restore a shrinking shoreline along the coast of West Maui — and end a fierce fight over a seawall that’s currently under construction.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

Ask The Mayor: Why do Hotels Still Block Public Beach Access?

Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his staff.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

Hawaii 2040: Many Climate Change Bills Are Still Alive, Including A Carbon Tax

At the session’s halfway point, several new measures have support. But some current initiatives will expire if action isn’t taken.

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