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Science

HI - 2,000 feet of gear removed from entangled humpback whale last seen off Niihau

HONOLULU (KHON2) — A team of ocean wildlife officials removed about 2,000 feet of heavy gauge line from an adult humpback whale who was last tracked to be around Kauai on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

HI - Tsunami Advisory Ends for Hawaiʻi following volcanic eruption in Tonga; Maui impacts reported

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says tsunami wave heights across the state are now below advisory levels and are continuing to diminish.

Hawaii & Alaska
Aquaculture

AK - Biden administration pledges $500K to design new mariculture facility on Prince of Wales Island

Southeast’s seaweed and shellfish industry is in line to receive a boost from the federal government. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday it would provide $500,000 in funding to draw up plans for a new mariculture processing facility on Prince of Wales Island. Producers and processors are welcoming the news.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

HI - NOAA Releases 2021 Hawaii Marine Debris Action Plan - DeeperBlue.com

The 2021 Hawaii Marine Debris Action Plan has been announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program (MDP).

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - Hawaii’s famed Waikiki Beach could disappear by the end of the century. It's not the only one.

As the seas rise because of climate change, 70% of all sandy shorelines on Oahu, Maui and Kauai are chronically eroding. Thirteen miles of their beaches have already been lost to erosion in the past century.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

AK - Alaska Voices: The dividends paid by Southeast Alaska's 'Seabank' are the state's untold secrets

Southeast Alaska’s natural capital produces economic outputs from the seafood and visitor products industries worth several billion dollars a year

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

HI - 'We Can't Just Talk About It Anymore': Hawaii's Legislature Will Take On Climate Change

The Environmental Legislative Caucus plans to announce a package of climate change measures the first week of the 2022 session.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - Final EIS submitted for Kaanapali Beach Restoration and Berm Enhancement project

KAANAPALI — The Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a $9 million to $13 million beach restoration and berm enhancement project at Kaanapali Beach has been submitted to Gov. David Ige for approval.

Hawaii & Alaska
Justice

HI - Hawaii's water protectors lead a growing movement to close Navy fuel site after poisonous leak - Waging Nonviolence

In the wake of a major leak by the Navy that contaminated O’ahu’s water supply, water protectors found unlikely allies among outraged military families.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

AK - This Wonder Bird Flies Thousands of Miles, Non-Stop, as Part of an Epic Migration

The more scientists learn about the Hudsonian godwit, the more they’re amazed—and worried

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

AK - NOAA data on Alaska's oceans highlight warming trends

The annual Ecosystem Status Reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration collect a wide range of data to better assess maritime trends and help steer fisheries management.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

HI - Shark fishing in Hawaii will be banned beginning New Year’s Day 2022

HONOLULU (KHON2) — The act of knowingly capturing, entangling or killing any shark species in Hawaii will be banned beginning Saturday, Jan 1, 2022, which is detailed in Act 51 (House Bill 533).

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Seawatch: Alaska had a tumultuous fishing year

It was a tumultuous year for fishing in Alaska, with some salmon runs posting records and others going bust, Bering Sea crab quotas on the downswing, and state and federal management decisions with far-reaching consequences.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HII - State's $11M beach restoration project awaits final approval

West Maui official, residents call it ‘a temporary solution,’ call for managed retreat

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Alaska US senators propose task force to gain better understanding of salmon declines

The Alaska Salmon Research Task Force Act was introduced in Congress last week by Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan. It aims to gain better understanding about causes of salmon declines, especially in the Northwest regions.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

HI - Residents plan legal action to halt controversial Kā'anapali Beach restoration plan

West Maui residents said they are pursuing legal action and other measures to halt a beach restoration plan at Kāʻanapali Beach that they say is riddled with negative environmental and cultural impacts.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

HI - A Community Is Trying To Save Hawaiian Burials From Eroding Into The Sea

Climate change is threatening iwi kupuna from mauka to makai. Experts say the tools exist to come up with a solution but it will require political will.

Hawaii & Alaska
Aquaculture

AK - Alaska ocean farming and aquaculture could get boost from federal grant program

A proposal from Alaska envisions the creation of a shellfish and aquatic plants industry, the Peninsula Clarion reported.

Hawaii & Alaska
Local

HI - Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi signs off on new city hotel tax

Most of the revenue from the new tax will be allocated to the city’s general fund and rail. A smaller portion will go into a special fund to support natural resources impacted by tourism such as parks and beaches.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

HI - NOAA fisheries seeking comments from the public on the proposed spinner dolphin rule

HONOLULU (KITV4) - NOAA wants to remind the public that the virtual public hearing regarding the proposed rule for Hawaiian spinner dolphins will be held this week.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

HI - Expedition Discovers Rich Coral Life at Marine Monument

Incredibly rich and diverse deep coral and sponge communities are thriving in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, researchers concluded after a 20-day deep-sea research expedition.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

AK - $328 million seawall planned for Utqiagvik will help protect the Arctic Alaska city from increasingly extreme storms

The ocean near Utqiagvik was bound with ice last week, but strong winds opened the waters back up. Waves running freely can attack the shoreline and damage houses and roads. They can also slowly eat at the land — and with it, cultural sites as well as the sense of safety. The total cost for the project is estimated at $328.6 million.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

HI - State welcomes input on plan to manage lands from Honolua to Honokohau Bay

The Public Review Draft Honolua to Honokohau Management Plan recommends healing and restoring the Kulaoka‘e‘a and Lipoa Point planning area’s natural and cultural resources.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - Storm lays bare the costs of building along the coast

Mudslides and flooding combined with downed utility poles and collapsed roads are the reality of many coastal communities after the Kona low storm swept through Maui this weekend.

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