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Hawaii & Alaska
Recreation

HI - Maui County Warns Lanai Resorts To Not Block Public Beach Access

The company said it closed the park because of flooding. A resident says the gate stayed shut after the water receded.

Hawaii & Alaska
Waterways

HI - 86,000 pounds of ghost nets removed from single reef in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

More than 97,000 pounds of marine debris was removed from reefs and beaches of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (Northwestern Hawaiian Islands), including 86,000 pounds of ghost nets cleaned from a single reef.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

HI - What Happens When The Last Coal Ship Leaves Hawaii?

This week, the final shipment of coal for Hawaii's coal-fired power plant arrived at Kalaeoloa Barbers Point Harbor, marking the end of an energy era

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

AK - Without Ocean Rangers, Glacier Bay is monitoring cruise ships on its own

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve started its own cruise ship monitoring program this July. Cruise companies are paying for independent inspectors to board ships unannounced and check on wastewater management, emissions, marine mammal protection and compliance documentation.

Hawaii & Alaska
Recreation

HI - Journal article documents sunscreen runoff from beach showers in Hawaiʻi as an environmental threat

In advance of Maui County’s ban on reef-damaging chemical sunscreens taking effect on Oct. 1 of this year, Councilmember Kelly Takaya King announced she and Councilmember Tamara Paltin have co-authored a scientific journal article documenting that sunscreen washed off at beach showers in Hawai‘i pollutes the environment at levels that pose a threat to shore and marine ecosystems.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

HI - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park growth draws mixed feelings

To find the most beautiful beach on the south side of Hawaii Island, look somewhere between a rock and a hard place. That’s the perspective of many longtime residents in the rural district of Kau (pronounced kah-OOH), where 16,451 rugged acres officially became part of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on July 12.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

HI - NOAA reminds public to give Hawaiian monk seals respectful space and distance

In the wake of a Hawaiian monk seal attack on a visitor from California, federal officials are reminding the public to give the endangered animals a respectful distance.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - Rising Sea Level and Settler Hubris Ahead

We got off the plane from California and headed to the windward side of O’ahu. We immediately took off our shoes, changed into shorts, and headed for the beach. My heart sank encountering the ironwoods at Kailua beach park, their roots exposed, desperately trying to hold on, like fingers reaching out as we waded past in the shore break. It wasn’t this way when I was in high school, and it’s accelerating – there’s so much more erosion than when I was here in January.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Evidence of invasive crab that could wreak havoc on Alaska fisheries found near Metlakatla

An invasive species that could wreak havoc on commercial and subsistence fisheries has been found in Alaska for the first time.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

AK - In Utqiaġvik, rapid erosion spurs urgent seawall construction

UTQIAĠVIK – Miranda Rexford-Brown walked atop the slowly disappearing sandy bluff between the Arctic Ocean and the house her father built. The late-June wind frazzled her hair as she looked out at the shore-fast ice and the approaching coastline.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

HI - Surfrider Foundation's Blue Water Task Force reports high bacteria levels at five Maui sites

Five locations on Maui have high levels of enterococcus bacteria, according to samples taken on July 13, as part of a citizen scientist program conducted monthly by the Surfrider Foundation.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

HI - Hawaiian Fishponds Are Rebounding In The Face Of Rising Seas And Invasive Species

Community caretakers have been adapting traditional practices to modern day challenges in an effort to restore these once-productive food sources.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - Pohue Bay to be preserved: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park adds 16,000 acres with addition of Ka‘u land

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park grew by over 16,000 acres Tuesday after securing ownership of Pohue Bay in Ka‘u.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

AK - Earth Matters: As Alaska and Siberia blaze, the Arctic is warming faster than previously calculated

The hot and dry start to the summer in Yukon and Alaska has sparked record-breaking wildfires across the Taiga (Boreal Forests) and the tundra. Over 5000 lightning strikes from June 21 through June 30 have threatened indigenous villages in the far north with incineration and unhealthy smoke. Fire fighting resources are stretched thin in both Alaska and Yukon. So far, the fires have consumed 2 million acres so far in 2022. That is ten times greater than all of 2021.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

HI - Pōhue Bay Now Part Of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

PŌHUE BAY, Hawaiʻi - More than 16,000 acres of coastal land in Kaʻū is "protected in perpetuity" by the National Park Service and Trust for Public Land.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

HI - Is There a Way Out of Hawaii’s Housing Crisis?

The Aloha State is drowning in a flood of the same factors creating a housing crisis all over America. It will either become a model for solutions or a cautionary tale.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - OPINION: Bristol Bay demands action by the EPA

Something remarkable is happening here in Alaska right now. Many tens of millions of wild salmon are swimming up into the cold lakes and rivers of a breathtaking region called Bristol Bay. What’s even more astonishing? It happens every summer.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Fishing-gear entanglements of whales increased in Alaska, NOAA report says

Alaska was the only U.S. coastal region to have an increase in the confirmed cases of large whales entangled in fishing gear in 2020, a contrast to a national trend of declining cases over the past six to eight years, according to a report issued Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Visitors to Haleakalā National Park on Maui generated $76.7M in economic benefits

A new National Park Service report shows that 853,000 people visiting Haleakalā National Park in 2021 spent $61 million in the local communities on Maui.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

AK - High levels of toxins in clams follows rapid warmup in Gulf of Alaska waters

Warm conditions in the waters surrounding the Alaska Peninsula have produced algal blooms that threaten the safety of food important to coastal residents, according to the first official report this year of dangerous toxin levels in shellfish.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - Beach Restoration Project in Waikīkī Wins National Award

A restoration project at a popular Hawai‘i beach has garnered national accolades.The Waikīkī Beach Maintenance Project won an award for best restored beach from the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association. The project was one of four beach restoration projects recently honored by the association. Projects were judged on their economic and ecological benefits, short- and long-term success and the challenges a community overcame during the project.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

AK - Never-ending fight

The 568 commercial fishermen who hold permits to snag salmon in Cook Inlet have won a major battle in the state’s longest-running and most contentious fish war.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

HI - Coral Reefs Inspire Hawaiʻi Coastal-Protection System

(BIVN) – The University of Hawaiʻi is planning to develop a “Rapid Resilient Reefs for Coastal Defense” – or R3D – to help protect coastlines from flooding, erosion and storm damage.

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