Hawaii & Alaska
Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Alaska Board of Fisheries Faces Backlog of Issues After Pandemic Delays

Many Alaska fishermen are likely to be involved in regulatory meetings next spring instead of being out on the water.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

AK - Senators Toughen Stances Against Pebble Project

After years of stressing process over policy, Alaska’s U.S. senators have both announced their opposition to development of the Pebble mine.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - Maui Has Begun the Process of Managed Retreat. It Wants Big Oil to Pay the Cost of Sea Level Rise.

The county in Hawaii joins a long line of cities, counties and states suing the fossil fuel industry for damages related to climate change.

Hawaii & Alaska
Waterways

HI - EPA Requires Lanai Oil Co. to Protect Hawaiian Waterways From Oil Spills in Proposed Settlement

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a proposed settlement with Lanai Oil Company, Inc. for Clean Water Act violations at its facility on Lanaʻi Island.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

AK - Alaska SeaLife Center's Mission Makes It More Than an Aquarium

When donors rallied to save the Seward institution, they extended a lifeline to valuable research, educational programs, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Alaska Using $50M in Virus Relief for Ailing Fishing Industry

The state of Alaska released a plan to divide $50 million in federal coronavirus relief funding payments among fishing industry workers affected by the pandemic.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

AK - Alaska Tribal Groups Sue Federal Government Over Ambler Road

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tribal consortium and five tribal governments in Alaska have filed a lawsuit against the federal government to stop a road project that would carve through wilderness in northwest Alaska to support mining in a mineral-rich area.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Fisheries Assistance Plan Available for Public Comment

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game today released the Section 12005 CARES Act fisheries assistance draft spending plan for public comment at adfg.alaska.gov.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

AK - Researchers Aim to Improve Coastal Storm Surge Forecasting

Collaborative report, depending on how well models perform, will be out in a year or two

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Without Any Tourists, Local Retailers Closing For Good

Study: Maui County businesses are hardest hit by the shutdown of tourism

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

AK - The Federal Government Will Hold an ANWR Lease Sale. But Drilling Would Be More Than a Decade Away

The Trump Administration on Monday set the stage for a lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the coming months, but industry observers and Alaska leaders say oil won’t flow for years.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

AK - Army Corps Delays Pebble Mine Over 'Adverse Impacts' and 'Degradation'

The federal government is requiring the company behind the Pebble Mine to take extra steps to mitigate “unavoidable adverse impacts to aquatic resources,” delaying its final decision on the project.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Alaska Salmon Returning Smaller Amid Climate Change, Competition With Hatchery Fish, Study Finds

Alaska salmon have gotten smaller in recent decades, a downsizing that appears to be largely driven by climate change and increased competition for food as hatcheries release some 5 billion young fish into the North Pacific each year, according to a study published this month by U.S. and Canadian researchers in the science journal Nature Communications.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

AK - The Alaska Pebble Mine Project Has Been Held Up for Years. Science, Not Politics, Should Guide the Approval Process.

A more-than-a-decade’s long battle over a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska took another turn recently as the Army Corps of Engineers pressed pause on a permit for the project to move forward.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

HI - Using Coral Colonies to Predict the Growth of COVID-19

There has been a notable lack of transparency from local officials when it comes to data surrounding Hawaii’s coronavirus pandemic.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Hanauma Bay Recovering Since COVID-19 Closure, New Research Shows

New research indicates the ecosystem of the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve ecosystem has been growing healthier since it was closed to visitors March 18 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation announced today.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Alaska Fishing Industry Likely Incurred Tens of Millions of Dollars in Coronavirus-Related Expenses

Alaska seafood processors are paying tens of millions of dollars extra to cover costs from the COVID-19 pandemic, and most of it is coming out of pocket.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - Comment Period Open for Kaanapali Beach Restoration and Berm Enhancement Draft EIS

KAANAPALI - The state Department of Land & Natural Resources is proposing a $9,275,000 project to replenish sand and mitigate chronic and extreme seasonal erosion at Kaanapali Beach over the last four decades.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

AK - To Save a Way of Life, Native Defenders Push to Protect the Arctic Refuge

Gwich’in elder Sarah James has long fought efforts to drill in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In an e360 interview, she talks about the Trump administration’s move to open these lands to development and why the fate of the refuge and of her people are intertwined.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

HI - How Efforts to Save Hawaii’s Forests Are Preventing a ‘Freshwater Crisis’

Landowners, volunteers and an army of local hunters are helping the state fight an uphill battle to protect Hawaii’s forests — and its drinking water.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Pink Salmon Could Prosper in Warmer Arctic, New Study Finds

Scientists like to say that climate change is creating winners and losers in Alaska: Some species will struggle, while others could benefit from warmer habitats.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

HI - Hawaii Marines Now Guarding the Nests of Endangered Species

Green sea turtles are now nesting at a windward Oahu beach where the military trains.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

AK - Who Will Clean Up Alaska’s 'Orphaned' Oil Infrastructure?

You can feel the encroaching decay in the sides of buildings, in the limp remains of a once-proud drill rig slowly rusting into the waterlogged gravel and tundra.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Adak: This Is How Alaska Fishing Communities Die

Last year, warnings were issued of the slow economic death of Alaskan fishing communities as their access to nearby fisheries that they depend on becomes squeezed by off-shore interests, lawsuits and slow or nonexistent political and regulatory responses.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

AK - BOEM Planning 2021 O&G Lease Sale in Alaska's Cook Inlet

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced that it intends to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement on new oil and natural gas leasing in Alaska’s Cook Inlet.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - The David and Goliath Story Playing Out in Alaska's Fisheries

Facing the loss of a resource that has supported generations of fishing families, this community set out to protect the pristine waters of southeast Alaska — and it’s working.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Hanauma Bay Is Recovering. Some Want to Limit Crowds in the Long Run to Further Protect It

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Users of Hanauma Bay are pushing for an online reservation system to reduce the number of visitors and protect the bay’s ecosystem.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - Editorial: Coastal erosion threatens parks

Baldwin Beach Park’s doomed pavilion is a “poster child” for the damage coastal erosion and sea level rise cause.

Hawaii & Alaska
Local

HI - The Shark Keepers: How One Hawaiian Family Is Reclaiming Its Legacy

This father-and-son duo are pushing for more culturally sensitive methods for academic shark research. Will the University of Hawaii listen?

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

HI - Hawai'ian Reefs Lost Almost Half Their Fish to Pollution and Fishing

A new study has found a 45% decline in the biomass of important fish species in West Hawai‘i’s reefs across a 10-year period.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - Sea Level Rise Could Cost Hawaii up to 40% of Its Beaches by 2050, Study Shows

As much as 40% of Hawaii's beaches could be lost to sea level rise by 2050, a new study predicts.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - Informational Meeting Set for Proposed Kaanapali Beach Restoration and Berm Enhancement Project

KAANAPALI — The state Department of Land & Natural Resources’ Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL) will hold an informational meeting on the proposed Kaanapali Beach Restoration and Berm Enhancement Project at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Sticky Tape: Pebble leaders caught on video confirming project rumors

have to believe there's more than one reason Northern Dynasty Minerals and Pebble Limited Partnership have struggled to secure investors for a literal gold mine. Could one of them be that they're not quite as slick as they think they are? [Editor's note: This editorial has been updated to include a response from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.]

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - Paradise Is Going Underwater. What Can We Do?

Hawaii must adopt and implement sea level rise mitigation measures.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

AK - Army Corps Said It Is Investigating Comments Made by Pebble Executives That Mine Would Be Larger Than Described to Regulatory Agencies

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking into what officials described as “inaccuracies and falsehoods” in statements made by Pebble Partnership Ltd. executives and recorded by a Washington, D.C. environmental group whose representatives told Pebble they were potential investors.

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