Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau
The management of an endangered stock of Steller sea lions has pitted fishermen and politicians against federal scientists. That was especially clear at a special hearing on the issue held in Seattle on Monday.
For the past week, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council has been meeting in Unalaska. No action there has been more controversial than the announcement that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants to put off the implementation of a new halibut catch share plan.
Each year, thousands of ships travel through the Aleutians on the Great Circle route, and that number only continues to increase.
Ever since the commercial fur seal harvest in the Pribilofs was shut down, the residents of St. Paul have worked to turn their community into a successful fishing town.
Last week, the best party in Alaska might have been on an island in middle of the Bering Sea. KUCB’s Alexandra Gutierrez traveled to St. Paul for the festivities and to find out why they were significant for one rapidly disappearing species.
For years, scientists and fishermen alike have wondered why the Steller sea lion stock in the western Aleutians continues to shrink.
The state governments of Alaska and Washington have jointly funded a study critical of federal measures to protect Steller Sea Lions in the Western Aleutians under the Endangered Species Act.
Some rural Alaskan communities might not lose their newspapers after all.
The Pollock trawl fleet is now avoiding fishing areas north of Unimak Pass in the Bering Sea because its bycatch of Chum Salmon went up.
The company's latest plans call for using it in the Chukchi Sea, along with a second drilling vessel, the Noble Discoverer.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint Thursday against Unalaska and the State of Alaska on the Environmental Protection Agency’s behalf, charging that the city repeatedly violated the Clean Water Act between 2004 and 2010.