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Alaskan Seabird Denied Protection Under Endangered Species Act
First Posted: Oct 07, 2013 06:45 AM EDT
In 2001, the Center for Biological Diversity raised a petition to protect Kittlitz's murrelet, an Alaskan seabird, under the Endangered Species Protection as the seabird faces a great threat from melting glaciers due to drastic climate change, oil pollution and gillnets, The seabird is listed as a critically endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, according to a press release. The bird is threatened by oil spills occurring in the Alaskan waters due to excess traffic of oil tankers and other vessels and offshore oil and....

Sunken Tender Neptune Closes Haines Harbor
By Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS - Haines | October 5, 2013 - 4:44 pm
That state and Coast Guard are responding to a sunken vessel in the Haines Harbor and fuel leaking from the boat is hampering the commercial gillnet fleet that homeports in the harbor.
The 76-foot Neptune sank while moored at the harbor about 1 a.m. Saturday. No one was aboard. The boat can hold about 2,000 gallons of fuel. Local harbor staff responded when notified shortly after 1 a.m. on Saturday. Harbormaster Phil Benner said he and his staff had to use axes to cut the lines so the dock.....

Alaska salmon row moves onto political stage
Published:  07 October, 2013
THE ongoing dispute between Alaskan salmon fishermen and the US retail giant is moving into the political arena. Last month more than 40 fishermen protested outside Wal-Mart's store in Anchorage over the company fish buying policy. They held up placards calling on the retailer to "Buy American". Walmart has said it will only buy Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fish, but the Alaskan fishermen have withdrawn from MSC because they say it is too bureaucratic and expensive, adding that....

Date: Oct. 07, 2013 D17 PADET Anchorage
English: Municipal Seal of Anchorage, Alaska.
English: Municipal Seal of Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Coast Guard, multiple agencies searching for man overboard in Port of Anchorage
The Coast Guard and multiple agencies are searching for a man who fell into the water near the Port of Anchorage Sunday. The 28-year-old man reportedly fell into the water from a skiff while trying to transfer to the tug Sam B. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center received a call just before midnight Sunday from personnel onboard the tug Sam B after the man fell into the water without a lifejacket and was overcome by the current.  A request for assistance was immediately made to Air Station Kodiak, the Seward-based crew of the Coast Guard cutter Mustang, the Anchorage Fire Department, Anchorage Police Department, Alaska State Troopers and the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center at Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson........

Date: Oct. 06, 2013 D17 PADET Anchorage
Coast Guard suspends search for man near Cordova, Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard suspended their search for a 33-year-old man in Deep Bay near Cordova, Sunday. Alaska State Wildlife Troopers and Coast Guard personnel from the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore and Air Station Kodiak searched 17 square miles for total of 21 man-hours throughout Saturday night and Sunday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center received a call via VHF-FM channel 16 Saturday night from a man who swam to shore after his small aluminum skiff capsized with one other person aboard. The other man was last seen swimming to shore when he went under water and was not seen again. Neither man was wearing a lifejacket.....

Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
Group files for permit to study hydro project near Berners Bay
Latest by aynrand 20 hours 9 min ago
A hydroelectric project near Berners Bay that would provide power to the Kensington Mine is still a possibility. Green Power Development, LLC, in partnership with Alaska Power & Telephone, has filed for a preliminary permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to conduct a feasibility study. The partnership is looking to develop the hydro project near Juneau, on Lake 3160. The lake is named for its elevation. The project would occupy about 475 acres of land within the Tongass National Forest. Alaska Power & Telephone got involved in the project in 2006. The project’s average annual energy production would be about 40 gigawatt hours, according to the permit application. Mike Dahl of Green Power Development said that might be enough to supply....

Panel links underwater mapping sonar to whale stranding for first time
By Lenny Bernstein, The Washington Post
Posted Oct. 06, 2013, at 8:55 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The mysterious stranding of about 100 melon-headed whales in a shallow Madagascar lagoon in 2008 set off a rapid international response — a few of the eight- to 10-foot marine mammals were rescued, necropsies conducted, a review panel formed. Did they follow prey into the lagoon? Were they sick? Was it the weather, or chemical toxins? The panel recently gave its best answer, and it is causing ripples of concern. For the first time, a rigorous scientific investigation has associated a mass whale stranding with a kind of sonar that is widely used to map the ocean floor, a finding that has set off alarms among energy companies and others who say the technology is critical to safe navigation of the planet’s waters. The independent review panel appointed by the International Whaling Commission concluded Sept. 25 that a high-powered, “multi-beam echosounder system” (MBES) was “the most plausible.....

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