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Gulf of Mexico
Energy

USA - Biden Scraps Offshore Oil Auctions

The Biden administration is scrapping planned auctions of drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska’s Cook Inlet -- a move that deepens uncertainty over the future of the US government’s offshore oil leasing program.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

AK - How the Melting Arctic Will Both Hurt and Help Alaskans

Polar Paradox: The Melting Arctic Could Destroy Indigenous Ways of Life While Making Some Alaskans Rich

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - Biorock coral reef proposed for Keonenui Bay in Kahana

KAHANA — The Keonenui Bay Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation, is proposing construction of a live barrier coral reef in West Maui’s Keonenui Bay.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

AK - Put on your boots and grab your binoculars — It’s Shorebird Festival

As a U.S. Coast Guard plane buzzed over Mariner Park Lagoon, a trio of volunteers stood bundled up against the chill of a late-April morning, searching for the spring’s newest avian arrivals. George Matz, who has organized the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Monitoring Project for the past 14 years, was quick to share his knowledge — and his scope — to offer a look at a greater yellowlegs as it foraged.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

AK - Expanding beaver pond distribution in Arctic Alaska, 1949 to 2019

Abstract - Beavers were not previously recognized as an Arctic species, and their engineering in the tundra is considered negligible. Recent findings suggest that beavers have moved into Arctic tundra regions and are controlling surface water dynamics, which strongly influence permafrost and landscape stability.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - Hawaii Homeowners Must Tell Prospective Buyers If Sea Level Rise Threatens Their Property

This week Hawaii became the first state to require real estate sellers to disclose to potential buyers if their property is threatened by sea level rise.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Oahu, Hawaii's most populous island, will now limit Airbnbs and short-term vacation rentals in a big way

Oahu, Hawaii’s third-biggest island, will now place further restrictions on where Airbnb, Vrbo and other short-term rental properties can be located throughout Honolulu and the island.

Hawaii & Alaska
Waterways

AK - Scrubbers are supposed to clean cruise ship emissions. Critics say they pollute the water instead

Cruise ships are now returning to Alaska for the first full-length season since the pandemic. It’s a relief for coastal port economies whose visitor sector has struggled.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - Thousands Of Houses Are Empty On Maui. Would Higher Taxes Change That?

An estimated 15,000 housing units — about 1 in 5 throughout all of Maui County — are vacant, according to 2020 census estimates.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

AK - Alaska Weighs Taking Over Part of Federal Permitting Program

Alaska lawmakers are considering a request by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration that the state take over part of a federal environmental permitting program.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - This West Kauai Beach Is Growing So Why Move Inland?

Kauai County is testing the idea of property swaps to get residents to move away from the coastline but on this coastal stretch the issue isn’t so clear.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

HI - As wastewater soils ocean, Māʻalaea injection wells fuel debate over who's liable

Debate over public versus private responsibility when it comes to Maui’s precious natural resources is roiling Māʻalaea’s coastline.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

AK - NOAA opens up nearly $200 million in loans for six Western Alaska nonprofits

Six Western Alaska nonprofits can now apply for a slice of nearly $200 million in federal loans to pay for fishing vessels, quota and other industry expenses to support economic development in their region.

Hawaii & Alaska
Recreation

HI - Kahalu‘u Beach Park to close for coral spawning

Kahalu‘u Beach Park will be closed from May 16-21 due to anticipated coral spawning events, according to the county Department of Parks and Recreation.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

HI - Is Fencing The Future Of Hawaii's Native Ecosystems?

Great stock has been put into fencing off native ecosystems, namely watersheds, to ensure that the state’s terrestrial and marine resources are protected for the future.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - Opponents of bill to ban short-term rentals in residential areas gather at Honolulu Hale

A bill that would ban short term vacation rentals is raising concerns among property owners and residents.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Into the ice: Snow crab decline hits Bering Sea island community of St. Paul

This season’s quotas of snow crab catch were slashed by nearly 90%, a body blow to the small island government on St. Paul, where the crab are processed — and taxed.

Hawaii & Alaska
Aquaculture

HI - Hawaii's restorative aquaculture opportunities revealed

A report which raises awareness of the environmental and socio-economic benefits of sustainable blue food production in Hawaii has just been launched by Hatch Innovation Services.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - Everything's On The Table As Kauai Writes Its First Climate Change Action Plan

Kauai County planners say public input will guide the process of drafting an islandwide climate change mitigation strategy.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

AK - Murkowski, Sullivan Respond to Damaging Designation of 'Critical Habitat' in Alaska

U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, today slammed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for announcing it is designating critical habitat in U.S. waters off the coast of Alaska for the Beringia “distinct population segment” (DPS) of bearded seals and Arctic ringed seals. The designated area extends from St. Matthew Island to the Canadian border in the Beaufort Sea, which is roughly equivalent in size to the state of Texas.

Hawaii & Alaska
Waterways

AK - Into the ice: A crab boat’s quest for snow crab in a Bering Sea upended by climate change

Through the wheelhouse window, Capt. Mark Casto spotted a white line on the horizon. The edge of an ice floe was illuminated by bow lights piercing the morning darkness of the Bering Sea.

Hawaii & Alaska
Waterways

Hawaii - E/V Nautilus ventures through unexplored waters 1,000 miles south of Hawaiian Islands

Exploration Vessel Nautilus is traveling through never-explored waters near the Hawaiian Islands. The crew aboard E/V Nautilus began their eight-month journey roughly 1,000 miles south of the main Hawaiian Islands near Kingman Reef and Palmyra Atoll.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

AK - University of Alaska Fairbanks students aid Bristol Bay communities in coastal erosion research

University of Alaska Fairbanks students will return to several Bristol Bay communities this year to continue quantifying and mapping widespread coastal erosion.

Hawaii & Alaska
Local

HI - Kuau landowner fined $60K over shoreline violations | News, Sports, Jobs

Company must also install sand berms as part of agreement with county

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