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Advocacy

Huge trash-collecting boom heads to the Big Island for fix

HILO, HAWAII - A trash collection device that broke apart while deployed in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii was scheduled to arrive to the Big Island on Sunday.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

Arctic Oil & Gas Development: BLM Offers Alternatives

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for development of oil and gas (O&G) resources on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Coastal Plain. The DEIS is required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and would cover leasing only; actual development would be subject to additional NEPA review and is not likely to begin for many years.

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Energy

Canada, First Nations express concern over U.S. Arctic drilling plans

The concerns are over the United States over plans to open the calving grounds of a large cross-border caribou herd to energy drilling, despite international agreements to protect it.

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Local

Helping Alaska villages turn the tide on disasters

FAIRBANKS - Alaska villages facing coastal disasters may be able to use new erosion-monitoring tools as part of their decision-making arsenal, thanks to a pilot study led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

Get it in writing: Council panel wants new ordinance over developer’s shoreline promises

HILO — A North Kona developer’s representative made repeated promises Tuesday that its shoreline will be opened to the public within a year, but most County Council members want it in writing.

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Local

Whale carcass attracting tiger sharks off Oahu's south shore

HONOLULU (KHON2) - Honolulu Ocean Safety officials are keeping a close eye on a dead whale floating off Oahu's south shore.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

‘The End of Ice,’ and the Arctic Communities Already Grappling With a Warming World

A new book highlights the changes endured by inhabitants of the Arctic, serving as a harbinger of what’s to come in lower latitudes

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Uncovering the secret lives of salmon

An international team of scientists is heading to the Gulf of Alaska for a ground-breaking research survey to uncover the secret lives of Pacific salmon in the winter.

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Local

Warmer weather will cost Alaska hundreds of millions of dollars annually, report says

The village of Newtok, surrounded by the Ninglick River, is losing land to erosion at a rate of about 70 feet per year. Long-term plans to relocate the village to Nelson Island have been aided lately by the completion of an environmental impact statement and a fresh infusion of federal funds. (Courtesy photo)

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Tourism

The Most Delicious Way to Protect Hawaii’s Natural Beauty? Eat the Invasive Species

My spoon slides through an unidentifiable substance, unexpectedly similar to foie gras, as I glance over my menu to double-check the dish in front of me. “Eat Your Invasives,” it reads. It’s a kiawe flour paté — and it’s delicious..

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

'Extreme' lack of sea ice, fall heat mark 2018 weather

A stunning shortage of Bering Sea ice in spring and record warmth in autumn marked what scientists say will be one of the warmest years recorded in Alaska, raising questions about everything from the future of commercial fishing to new agricultural opportunities.

Hawaii & Alaska
Recreation

Professional bodyboarding events return to Pipeline

The professional bodyboarding circuit is returning to Banzai Pipeline, in Hawaii, after a one-year hiatus.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

‘Extreme’ lack of sea ice and autumn heat marked Alaska weather in 2018

A stunning shortage of Bering Sea ice in spring and record warmth in autumn marked what scientists say will be one of the warmest years recorded in Alaska, raising questions about everything from the future of commercial fishing to new agricultural opportunities.

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Fisheries

Government shutdown, if it continues, could cost Alaska’s lucrative Bering Sea fisheries

The federal government shutdown is already causing problems for participants in the upcoming fishing season in the Bering Sea, which are likely to escalate if the stalemate in Washington, D.C. continues.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

In 2018, Alaska's Bering Sea was all out of whack

By all measures, 2018 was an extreme year for Alaska’s Bering Sea. For the first time since 1850, the body of water in the northern Pacific remained virtually free of sea ice. Scientists traced the impact of this lack of ice on water temperature and fish populations throughout the year to try to figure out what happens when an ecosystem built around ice suddenly has none.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Alaska dominates U.S. seafood industry

Alaska is the nation’s superpower when it comes to seafood. American fishermen landed just shy of 10 billion pounds of fish and shellfish last year valued at $5.4 billion, both up slightly from 2016. Of that, Alaska accounted for 61 percent of total landings (6 billion pounds) and 33 percent of the value ($1.8 billion).

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

BLM releases draft environmental impact statement for ANWR leasing

The US Bureau of Land Management released a draft environmental impact statement for oil and gas leasing on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain a year after President Donald J. Trump signed federal tax legislation which included a mandate for the US Interior secretary to establish such a program.

Hawaii & Alaska
Waterways

Spared by earthquake, Port of Alaska still needs rehab

Built in the 1960s, the Port of Alaska in Anchorage needs more than $1 billion to replace old docks and remove what it says was earlier botched construction work. The port was spared from serious damage by the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that rocked the south central part of the state on Nov. 30, but it says more than $1 billion of work may be needed if the port is to remain viable beyond the next decade.

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Energy

Groups protest plans for possible lease sale in Beaufort

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Federal regulators are preparing an environmental review for a possible offshore lease sale in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea and environmental groups are calling foul.

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Recreation

‘Momentum Generation,’ a new HBO surf documentary, brought this critic to tears

You do not need to be interested in surfing to be excited and moved by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist’s excellent, eloquent documentary “Momentum Generation,” which premiered Tuesday on HBO. A surf film might not be the first thing you’d expect to bring you repeatedly to tears, but I can say with authority it is possible.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Alaska Fishermen Hauling A Bigger Catch With Gear They Get To Use For The First Time

Longtime Alaska fisherman Bill Harrington has a few choices words about killer whales. "As far as I'm concerned, they're only thieves in tuxedos," Harrington says. In the coming years, longline fishermen in western Alaska will be allowed to catch halibut in longline pots, also known as traps in other parts of the country.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

Central Maui’s inland sand in decline

Nearly 2 million tons of sand have been removed from Central Maui since 2006, leaving it either depleted or very soon to be depleted and unable to replenish the island’s beaches that need some 158,000 tons of sand, according to a new study released Tuesday on sand availability in the county.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

BOEM extends EIS comment period for proposed Beaufort Sea lease sale

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has extended the public comment period for a proposed environmental impact statement (EIS) relating to a proposed 2019 Beaufort Sea oil and gas lease sale, the agency’s Anchorage office said on Dec. 11.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

CLIMATE CHANGE: Permafrost Melt Could Destroy a Third of All Arctic Infrastructure, Affecting as Many as 4 Million People

All the glue that has held the Arctic together for millennia is being dissolved by climate change, right down to the ground beneath millions of people’s feet.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

Failure to protect beaches under slowly rising sea level

Policies to conserve and enhance beaches, public access, and coastal open space are failing in Hawaiʻi according to a recently published study by researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

Managed retreat, other strategies weighed to address sea-level rise

LAHAINA — With sea levels expected to rise by more than 3 feet by the next century, developing and implementing strategies to deal with the problem, which could include moving developments away from the shoreline, will include much discussion, money and difficult decisions, experts said Friday.

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Fisheries

Gulf of Alaska pollock TAC cut will almost offset hike in Bering Sea

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) approved a 25,001-metric-ton reduction in the Gulf of Alaska (GoA) pollock total allowable catch (TAC), which almost offsets the increase in the eastern Bering Sea.

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Engineering

Unalaska Endorses USACE's Recommendation To Dredge To 58 Feet Deep

While construction is still years away, a proposal to streamline shipping traffic through the Port of Dutch Harbor has cleared several early hurdles. In 2018, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finished a two-year feasibility study, recommended a dredging project, and won initial approval from the Unalaska City Council.

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Fisheries

After decades of uncertainty, Native Alaskans celebrate whaling rights

In 1977, the International Whaling Commission imposed regulations on the whaling practices of the Inupiaq people in Alaska. Decades later, the group has finally gained the ability to hunt more freely, even as offshore oil drilling threatens their livelihood once more.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

A $3,000 ‘sand mattress’ is actually helping save a portion of Waikiki Beach

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - With beach erosion a growing problem, experts have been closely watching a Waikiki Beach mediation project — and so far the results are positive. A year ago, crews installed a 100-by-12 foot sand-filled mattress as an emergency measure to stabilize the shoreline.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Fishermen brace for more cuts to halibut harvest next year; plus, a look back on the 2018 salmon season

Alaska fishermen are bracing for more cuts to their halibut harvest next year. The results of this year’s surveys showed that the Pacific stock from California to the Bering Sea continues to decline, and will likely result in lower catches.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Hawaii Tuna Fishermen Want Higher Quotas

Stable ahi prices are expected during the holidays, but environmental groups are concerned about the longterm health of fish stocks.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

In the Blink of an Eye, a Hunt for Oil Threatens Pristine Alaska

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — It is the last great stretch of nothingness in the United States, a vast landscape of mosses, sedges and shrubs that is home to migrating caribou and the winter dens of polar bears.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

‘We have no choice:’ Climate expert say Hawaii has to reach for renewable energy goals

WAILUKU — With its abundant use of solar power and ambitious renewable energy goals, Hawaii is becoming a model for other states — but some of the most difficult steps lie ahead, says Chip Fletcher, a professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and vice chairman of the Honolulu Climate Change Commission.

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Recreation

Watch Kai Lenny’s Impossible 20-Foot Jaws Air Drop

November 26 was a day that will go down in history. It was the day a big wave contest was called off because it was too big. It was probably the right call, at least morally. But from a spectator standpoint, man-oh-man, was it a crushing blow.

Hawaii & Alaska
Recreation

Forty-foot waves in forecast for north shore

The National Weather Service has issued a high-surf warning for the north-facing shores of Maui and the north- and west-facing shores of Molokai through 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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Fisheries

Fee to fish?: Group sets public meetings to break down report on non-commercial fishing regulation

KAILUA-KONA — Almost two years after Conservation International Hawaii and the Western Pacific Fishery Council released a feasibility study on a regulatory system for noncommercial fishing in Hawaii, contributors are touring the state to discuss it with the public.

Hawaii & Alaska
Local

Hawaii News: On the edge of change

LIHUE — Next-level hurricanes, intense heat waves, death for corals and habitat loss for rare species are all potentials for the next hundred years, as well infrastructure wipe-out from a 3.2-foot sea level rise, according to scientists. All that and more is included in the Hawaii-Pacific Islands chapter of the Fourth official U.S. National Climate Assessment, released Friday, in which authors say communities need to start making a plan.

Hawaii & Alaska
Waterways

As the Arctic warms up, a ‘new ocean’ brings new commerce to the top of the world

“What’s happening is the increased accessibility of going through the Bering Strait for a longer period of time each year because of climate change and the opening up of what is referred to by many as a new ocean. And that would be the Arctic.”

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Fisheries

NPFMC to take final action on charter halibut catch

Federal fisheries managers are set to take final action at their December meeting in Anchorage on charter halibut management measures for Southeast and Southcentral Alaska for 2019.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

This village is being swallowed by the sea

Alaska - Shishmaref is the only town on Sarichef Island. And everywhere you go, you can see the waves and hear the constant roar of the ocean. The island is only about a quarter of a mile wide — and it's getting smaller.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

City council moves forward with condemnation effort of Portlock beach gate

A battle over a Portlock gate blocking access to a beach path is far from over.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Science-based management the key to Alaska’s successful fisheries

One of Alaska‘s great success stories is the resurrection of our salmon fisheries after a virtual collapse that occurred under federal management in the years before statehood.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

BOEM to prepare EIS for potential 2019 Beaufort Sea lease sale

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement in support of a potential 2019 oil and natural gas lease sale in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska’s north coast, Kallanish Energy reports.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Another down year forecast for Southeast Alaska pink salmon

2019 could be another down year for pink salmon fishing in Southeast Alaska. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and scientists with NOAA Fisheries Auke Bay Lab are forecasting a commercial harvest of 18 million fish, which would fall in the weak category for catches over the past six decades.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Using Artificial Intelligence to Identify Humpback Whales

Artificial Intelligence has been used for everything from teaching computers to play chess to helping speed ride-sharing services on thei rway. And now one government agency is using it to track humpback whales in the Pacific.

Hawaii & Alaska
Recreation

Congratulations to the 2018 Aloha Classic Champions

The five amateur divisions finals were run and won in stunning Ho’okipa conditions today. The red-hot favorites all held their nerve under the intense pressure of expectation to win their respective divisions with power and style.

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Federal

NOAA GOES-17 Shares First Images of Alaska, Hawaii and the Pacific

The GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) has sent its first images from the satellite's new vantage point over the Pacific Ocean.

Hawaii & Alaska
Federal

Divers haul in large catch of debris, plastic from marine monument

HONOLULU (AP) — A team of divers hauled in nearly 165,000 pounds of abandoned fishing nets and plastic waste during a cleanup expedition at Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, federal officials said.

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Fisheries

Electronic fishery monitoring’s first year called a success as cost of human observers rises

After the first year of electronic monitoring on fishing vessels in Alaska, the National Marine Fisheries Service is expanding the pool for boats that want to get in on it.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

Shoreline repair solutions sought

Residents oppose seawalls; other options considered for Lower Honoapiilani Road NAPILI — Maui County Public Works officials are mulling long-term shoreline repair solutions for a 30-foot section of Lower Honoapiilani Road, which is in danger of collapsing and shutting down utilities for nearby residents if another major storm were to hit.

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Science

$1 Million Grant Keeps ‘Super Coral’ Research Alive

Scientists will continue the work of the late Ruth Gates to develop corals that are more resistant to the effects of climate change and create reefs that provide natural coastal protection.

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Fisheries

Upper Cook Inlet fishermen seek federal disaster declaration

This season was a sour one for salmon fishermen across the Gulf of Alaska, and participants in multiple fisheries are seeking funding for relief. The Board of Fisheries and Gov. Bill Walker already granted a disaster declaration for Chignik, which harvested next to zero sockeye salmon this year due to an unprecedented poor return to the Chignik River on the Alaska Peninsula. Sockeye salmon runs across the Gulf of Alaska failed to deliver this year, either in timing or in size, at a huge cost to fishermen.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

Watch the warming ocean devour Alaska’s coast in this striking time-lapse video

The 5.5-mile stretch of permafrost coastline at Drew Point is losing 30 football fields of land per year.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

New Study Shows Shifting Hurricane Tracks Pose Flood Risks for Hawai’i

Text Size:AAA A new study led by researchers at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa indicates that as climate changes over the coming decades, hurricanes have a higher chance of landfall over the Hawaiian islands. Researchers from the universityʻs School of Ocean and Earth Science said this new pattern could pose severe flood risks along the coast and further inland.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Transparency for tuna

The eight Pacific island states that make up the Parties to the Nauru Agreement may look like dots on the map, but they command an expanse of ocean greater than the size of Europe and are global powerhouses when it comes to tuna.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

2.5 Tons of Plastic Collected in Kaho‘olawe Cleanup

Greenpeace recently concluded an expedition to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch that found 11 times more microplastics in the middle of the Pacific than near major U.S. cities.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

US Western Pacific council recommends catch limits for CNMI, presents $250K check

A $250,000 check was presented to CNMI governor Ralph Torres and Department of Lands and Natural Resources secretary Anthony Benavente

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