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Unalaska's Wildlife Trooper post is shrinking once again.

This summer, the state is cutting a public safety technician — reducing the island's once-large posting to a one-man operation.

"Dutch Harbor used to have three troopers, a sergeant ..."

Damian Lopez Plancarte is currently one-half of the Wildlife Trooper post in Unalaska — a post that used to encompass a lot more than two men.

"Like, five boat people and two administrative people were here," he says. "That was back during the crab derby days."

Scientists Find New Clue In Steller Sea Lion Decline

Aug 23, 2017
NOAA

Scientists have finished another research season without solving the 40-year-old mystery of the Steller sea lion decline in the Aleutian Islands.

But this summer, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration may have found a new clue.

NOAA biologist Katie Sweeney is trying to solve the mystery of two sea lion stocks.

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On a sunny Tuesday night, about a dozen people are gathered on a dock. They’re practicing the skills needed to free a stranded whale.

Ed Lyman is up from Hawaii to lead the course. He has a lot of experience freeing entangled whales. He’s in town for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — working to build Unalaska’s response team.

“Here we are in Dutch Harbor, fishermen galore, capital of fishing, in many ways in the U.S.,” Lyman said. “So you have a lot of skill sets there already. But having to cut free a 40 ton whale is unique.”

F/V Destination Wreckage Discovered

Jul 20, 2017
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Wreckage from the F/V Destination has been found off St. George Island. The boat and its six crew members were fishing for snow crab when they disappeared on February 11.  

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced this morning that two of its research vessels have found and confirmed the location of the Destination.
 

Courtesy NOAA Fisheries

Alaska’s endangered Steller sea lion population continues its precipitous decline. The 2016 survey by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows an overall increase in the number of Steller sea lions across Alaska, but a mysterious drop in parts of the western stock.

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