Hawaii & Alaska
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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.

Hawaii & Alaska
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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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

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
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
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
Property

Relocation of erosion-threatened Alaska village progresses to ‘sprint’ pace this summer

The relocation of an Alaska village is happening fast this summer, after many years of planning and work.

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Recreation

Kama3, Hawaii’s Famous Surfing Pig, Reportedly Killed By Hunters

Kama3, Hawaii’s popular surfing pig, was reportedly killed over the weekend while sleeping in a pen at a Hauula-based ranch.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Bristol Bay Commercial Fishing Season Opens as Flawed Federal Permitting Process for Pebble Plows Forward

Bristol Bay fishermen ramp up efforts to save their industry and look to Congress for suspension of rushed Pebble Mine permitting process. Listen to Catch Curve Podcast on the Bristol Bay fishery and the Pebble Mine with Anne Mosness (Link at the end of the article)

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Science

NOAA Fisheries biologists record singing by rare right whale

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say they have recorded singing by a rare right whale for the first time.

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Fisheries

Alaska delegation Urges Administration’s Support for Seafood Industry Embroiled in China Trade Dispute

CNT: Commercial fishermen have been awarded disaster assistance and the processors are looking for help too to offset losses due to new tariffs .

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Could Arctic warming be behind gray whale deaths in Alaska, and elsewhere? Here’s why scientists are asking.

Scientists say it will probably be a long time before they can confidently explain the spike in gray whale deaths along the Pacific Coast, including in Alaska.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

Officials look at oil spill response plan for Alaskan Beufort Sea offshore project

An old bugaboo for oil developers in Arctic offshore waters has returned. If an oilwell blowout happens, and oil is spilled, can it be effectively contained and cleaned up in broken ice, or from underneath the ice if in winter?

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Federal

Pebble Mine Project funds could be sidelined after amendment introduced

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - An amendment to a federal spending bill would halt progress on the Pebble Project permitting process.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Study tracking North Pacific fish sees rise in variability

Wild fish, farmed fish, Frankenfish — get ready for seafood grown directly from cells — with no head, tail, bones or blood.

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Science

Record-Breaking Heat in Alaska Wreaks Havoc on Communities and Ecosystems

Abnormally high temperatures have led to unsafe travel conditions, uncertain ecological futures and even multiple deaths

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Science

Seabird Die-Offs: 2015 - 2018

Wreck is the term used for a massive bird die-off; it seems appropriate.

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Fisheries

Congressman works to rid Alaska's waters of fish farms

Young's Keep Fin Fish Free Act would stop officials from allowing fish farms in U.S. offshore waters

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Science

Ruddy ducks are among many waterfowl whose range is shifting northward

Every spring, millions of ducks touch down on Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, a spread of muskeg and dark water the size of Maryland. These days, more ruddy ducks seem to be among them. Recent sightings of this handsome, rust-colored bird — the males with a teal-blue beak — suggest ruddy ducks are moving farther northward.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

Kahana Beach Nourishment Project Presented to Public as Ocean Engineers Seek Solutions to Sea Level Rise Damage in Hawaii

A proposal for a regional response to erosion partially caused by sea level rise (SLR) in Hawaii was introduced to the public on March 8 in the form of an Environmental Impact Statement Preparation Notice (EISPN) “Kahana Bay Erosion Mitigation Project Lahaina District, Island of Maui” with a 30-day public response period.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Second gray whale found dead this month, this time near Cordova

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A second gray whale has been found dead, making it the third whale found in just a few weeks in Alaska. This time the carcass was found near Cordova. At least 60 gray whales have been reported stranded dead along the west coast, during their spring migration from Mexico to Alaska. Of those necropsied, many were found to be skinny and malnourished.

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Science

Researchers push back against Hawaii shark protection bill

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Legislation meant to protect Hawaii’s shark population was altered at the 11th hour to remove the apex predators from the bill amid concerns from the scientific community.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

In Alaska, climate change is showing increasing signs of disrupting everyday life

It was another cold season full of records in Alaska, mostly of the abnormally warm kind. The state is in the midst of a five-plus-year onslaught of extreme warmth, only infrequently broken by the customary cold. This year’s warm season has begun on the same foot.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Alaska salmon industry's access to lucrative markets hinges on sustainable eco-label

Hatcheries release over a billion juvenile salmon into the Gulf of Alaska each year, and recently, fishermen, scientists and interest groups have been fighting about the impacts of all of those fish.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

Hawaii Land Board Approves $4.5M in Land Conservation Grants

The Department of Land and Natural Resources reports that Kohala lands within the Kula Iwi (homeland) of Kamehameha the Great on Hawai‘i Island; stunningly beautiful coastal pasture in Hāna, Maui; restored access to a Hawaiian fishpond on Kaua‘i’s north shore; and two tracts of high-quality O‘ahu forest can now be protected for public benefit with the help of grant funding from the State Legacy Land Conservation Program.

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Science

Study says Hawaii reefs provide $835M in flood protection

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s coral reefs provide more than $835 million in flood protection for the state annually, according to a new study.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

Waikiki Flooding concerns spur push for Hawaii shore protection

Honolulu, Hawaii - As rising sea levels caused by climate change overtake its white sand beaches and city streets hawaii’s iconic Waikiki Beach could soon be submerged.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Alaska's indigenous people feel the heat of climate change

The cemetery has already been moved twice, the old school is underwater and the new one is facing the same fate as erosion constantly eats away at the land in Napakiak.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

Waikiki Flooding concerns spur push for Hawaii shore protection

As rising sea levels caused by climate change overtake its white sand beaches and city streets hawaii’s iconic Waikiki Beach could soon be submerged.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Solving the Riddle of Coral Reef Halos

The University of Hawai‘i reports that coral reefs worldwide are threatened by a variety of human impacts. Fishing is among the most pressing threats to reefs, because it occurs on most reef systems and fundamentally alters food webs.

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Fisheries

New Hawaii aquaculture accelerator ramping up

Hatch is aiming to boost aquaculture startup community.

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Tourism

Alaska Is Bracing for This Year’s Supersize Cruise Season

Cruise operators go where they see demand, and Alaska has been a hot market for a while now. Will the introduction of more and bigger ships change that dynamic?

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Tourism

Hawaii Pushes for Protection Plan to Save Beaches from Rising Sea Levels

New Legislation Aiming at Protecting Hawaii from Climate Change. New legislation in Hawaii is aiming at protecting tourist beaches and urban areas from flooding due to Climate Change.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

Hawaii: Waikiki flood concerns spur push for Hawaii shore protection

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's iconic Waikiki Beach could soon be underwater as rising sea levels caused by climate change overtake its white sand beaches and bustling city streets.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Alaska: Salmon passions

Seldom if ever has a more than two-year-old op-ed in an Alaska newspaper attracted the kind of attention the Alaska House Resources Committee on Monday night devoted to the jottings of retired Anchorage Superior Court Judge Karl Johnstone.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Bacteria surrounding coral reefs change in synchrony, even across great distance

Communications by researchers at San Diego State University (SDSU), the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and others revealed that the bacteria present in the water overlying dozens of coral reefs changed dramatically during the night, and then returned to the same daytime community as observed the morning before.

Hawaii & Alaska
Property

Hawai‘i’s Managed Retreat Proposal Offers an Early Model for Relocation—At a Cost

As seas rise, middle- and working-class Hawaiians worry they’ll be forced out of their homes, while the rich rebuild.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

Hawaii News: The fight for beach access

ALIOMANU, HI — The pending sale of a piece of property in Aliomanu is triggering the closure of a streamside path that people have been using to access the beach for years.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

Report on isle coral resiliency a mixed bag of good, bad news

Some reefs surviving better but all areas at risk with climate change, land-based sediment, toxic runoff

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Science

Alaska NOAA Team Examines Dead Endangered Sperm Whale

First time NOAA Fisheries has had a report of a dead sperm whale in Alaska's Inside Passage

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Science

Parts of Alaska, Including America’s Northernmost City, Crushed March Records in Astoundingly Warm Month

"March was the warmest of record over nearly all of Alaska north of the Alaska Range and Bristol Bay," tweeted the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. "Some places on the North Slope and in Northwest Arctic Borough were more than 20 degrees Fahrenheit (11 degrees Celsius) above normal."

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Science

USGS Coral study traces excess nitrogen to Maui wastewater treatment facility

A new method for reconstructing changes in nitrogen sources over time has enabled scientists to connect excess nutrients in the coastal waters of West Maui, Hawaii, to a sewage treatment facility that injects treated wastewater into the ground.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

Fish funds: Coastal communities fight for Alaska’s fish tax

None of the members of the Alaska Senate Community and Regional Affairs committee lives near the sea, but at a hearing last week they were not impressed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s plan to pull millions of dollars in fish taxes from remote coastal towns.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

New study measures UV-filter chemicals in seawater and corals from Hawaii

Scientists have completed the first comprehensive assessment of UV-filters in surface seawater, sediment, and coral tissue from multiple coral reefs around the island of Oahu, Hawaii. UV-filters are active ingredients in sunscreens, but are also added to many other products, including textile, plastics, and paint to prevent photo degradation.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

Portlock Hawaii residents asked to cut back vegetation for public beach access

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Conservation and Coastal Lands division surveyed a stretch of beach fronting homes in the Portlock area earlier this week, and will be notifying about 10 property owners of their need to have vegetation trimmed or cut back.

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

US judge rules cod quota set-asides for Alaskan cities are unlawful

Washington, D.C. Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kelly ruled March 21 that the North Pacific Council’s Amendment 113 (A113) to the Bering Sea Groundfish Fisheries Management Plan does not comply with Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) requirements.

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Tourism

Tourism in Hawaii Has Reached 'Tipping Point', Say Experts

Tourism in Hawaii has reached “tipping point”, experts from the University of Hawaii have warned, as annual visitor numbers reach ten million on the small Pacific archipelago.

Hawaii & Alaska
Science

3D models for better coral reef monitoring developed at U of Hawaii Hilo

3D imaging is a better way to track coral reefs, according to University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo researchers. John H.R. Burns, a UH Hilo assistant professor of marine science, has developed a research program that enhances coral reef research by converting 2D images into 3D reconstructions of reef habitats, using a technique called structure-from-motion photogrammetry.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

Revisiting features of the Exxon Valdez oil spill

Considering future impacts of oil and vessel distress in Alaska marine water

Hawaii & Alaska
Fisheries

West Coast Waters Grow More Productive with Shift Toward Cooler Conditions

The ocean off the West Coast is shifting from several years of unusually warm conditions, toward a cooler and more productive regime that may boost salmon returns and populations of other ocean predators, according to a new NOAA Fisheries report.

Hawaii & Alaska
Engineering

Kahana Bay condos aim to fight erosion with beach nourishment plan

KAHANA BAY, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new beach nourishment proposal could help restore a shrinking shoreline along the coast of West Maui — and end a fierce fight over a seawall that’s currently under construction.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

Ask The Mayor: Why do Hotels Still Block Public Beach Access?

Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his staff.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

Hawaii 2040: Many Climate Change Bills Are Still Alive, Including A Carbon Tax

At the session’s halfway point, several new measures have support. But some current initiatives will expire if action isn’t taken.

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