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Science

NOAA declares unusual mortality event for Arctic ice seals

On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared an Unusual Mortality Event for several species of ice seals in Arctic waters. Since June 2018, NOAA has documented 282 dead seals in the Bering and Chukchi Seas.

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Science

The Last Gasp of the Māui Dolphin

Critics say the New Zealand government’s proposed conservation plan falls short of what is needed to ensure the survival of these dolphins.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

HAWAII: NOAA Scientists Report Good News as Monk Seal Moms Reach Major Maternal Milestones

NOAA researchers at our Northwestern Hawaiian Islands field camps discovered two exciting monk seal pupping events in 2019. Both were on Lisianski Island.

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Science

Why did 5 whales die in a mass stranding in Maui, HI?

Five whales died, including four that were euthanized, after a mass stranding Thursday on a beach on the Hawaii island of Maui.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

Alaska: Hilcorp holds Homer meeting on seismic testing; questions and comments get heated

A public meeting last Friday night on Hilcorp Alaska LLC’s plan to start seismic testing in lower Cook Inlet moved from information to indignation as some people asked pointed questions and someone blew an air horn.

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Science

Hawaii's Rapture Reef Was Flattened by Last Year's Hurricane Walaka

The first NOAA survey since the Category 3 storm hit found the coral reef in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument was demolished

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Federal

Maui County: We’re Not Trying To Gut The Clean Water Act

Recent studies show conservation measures in West Maui are improving the health of reefs and fish.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Hawaii: DLNR & NOAA Requests Help From Public Regarding Bleaching Event

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coral Reef Watch program data indicates Hawai‘i’s coral reefs are entering a major bleaching event within the next two months, if not sooner.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

Don’t Forget the Pebble Mine’s Overlooked Port

A source close to the Pebble Mine project says that plans for a new marine port, designed to support the proposed mine, raise a host of environmental concerns that haven’t received much attention.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

Hawaii: Fish, limu returning to restored stream

The Waipa Stream is coming back to life, thanks to a restoration project within the watershed.

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Science

Alaska records its warmest month ever; future records likely

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska has been America's canary in the coal mine for climate warming, and the yellow bird is swooning.

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Science

Seamounts In Hawaii Decimated By Trawling Showing Signs Of Recovery Thanks To Federal Protections

After years of federally mandated protection, scientists see signs that this once ecologically fertile area known as the Hawaiian-Emperor Seamount Chain is making a comeback.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Too many tilapia in Hawaii

Kauai’s fishery managers are saying they are in full emergency-mode after a report of blackchin tilapia in the island’s nearshore ocean, a discovery that could have heavy implications.

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Science

Walruses appear early on Alaska shore as sea ice recedes

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Thousands of Pacific walruses have come to shore off the northwest coast of Alaska in their earliest appearance since sea ice has substantially receded.

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Science

Whale moms, calves whisper to avoid predators

Southern right whale mothers and their calves shelter in the noisy surf, stay in close proximity and effectively whisper—calling softly less than once per dive—to avoid attracting any unwanted attention.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Alaska's Don Young, finfish aquaculture opponent, files to run again for US Congress

The commercial fishing industry knows Alaska's only member of the US House of Representatives well, and they may not be saying goodbye to him anytime soon either.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Group from Micronesia explores possibilities of aquaculture

Fisheries officers from Kosrae, Micronesia, recently toured the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center to learn more about aquaculture efforts in Hawaii.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Anchorage hits an official 90 degrees for the first time on record - with an asterisk

The National Weather Service said Friday it took a long look at Thursday’s record afternoon temperatures before announcing late in the day that the thermometer had reached an astonishing 90 degrees at the official recording site at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

Alaska gives federal agency long Pebble Mine to-do list

If you thought the administration of newly elected Alaska governor Mike Dunleavy would use the US Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) invitation for comments on its draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Pebble Mine to offer up an unconditional love letter on behalf of the massive copper, gold and molybdenum open pit mine in Bristol Bay, think again.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Record warm water likely gave Kuskokwim salmon heart attacks

Bethel-based KYUK reports water temperatures near the town broke into the low 70s earlier this week. That’s the highest river temperature ever recorded there.

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Federal

Small business is big business for Honolulu District USACE

The Honolulu District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Small Business Office (SBO) was one of several government agencies looking to discuss contracting opportunities to small businesses looking to start or expand opportunities as a government contractor June 18, 2019, at the 17th Annual Hawaii Small Business Forum held at the Honolulu Country Club.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Bristol Bay sockeye well above forecast as peak passes

Peak landings in Alaska's prolific Bristol Bay fishery were reached July 8 with some 2.55 million sockeye caught that day alone. But strong catches continue to come in, according to data from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and bay's harvest now looks like it will see another 14m sockeye above the 26.1m harvest level that biologists first predicted.

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Energy

Hawaiian Electric makes push toward renewable energy

The Hawaiian Electric Companies announced Wednesday its plans to put out requests for proposals for its largest and most ambitious push for renewable energy ever.

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Engineering

Offshore Sand Sought to Mitigate Erosion at Kahana Bay

A 157-page Environmental Impact Statement Preparation Notice has been filed to address erosion mitigation at Kahana Beach in west Maui.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

With ANWR drilling on its doorstep, an Alaska Native village is poised to profit

After Congress opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling in 2017, the Kaktovik Iñupiat Corp. (KIC) should have been poised for a new era of prosperity.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

EPA lifts preemptive barrier to Pebble mine

Just four weeks after releasing comments critical of a draft environmental impact statement on the proposed Pebble mine, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency withdrew Clean Water Act protections for the mine.

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