environment

KUCB Photo / John Ryan

St. George Island is taking steps to protect the marine environment in their backyard. The city council passed a resolution earlier this month that could establish a National Marine Sanctuary. Eighty people live on the island of St. George. They're primarily Unangan and they rely on ocean resources for subsistence.

Riccardo Rossi via Wikimedia Commons

In the 1960s, king salmon were abundant in Alaska, and it stayed that way through the 90s. After the new millennium, though, Chinook numbers fell — and they've remained low since.

"People have scratched their heads and said, 'Where are all the kings? What happened to all the kings?'" said Andy Seitz, an associate professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. 

Courtesy NOAA Fisheries

 

Every summer, biologists visit Alaska to count Steller sea lions. The western stock of the population has been in decline for nearly 40 years — hitting a low in 2002. The count helps determine whether sea lions stay on the endangered species list, which puts costly restrictions on the commercial fishing fleet. Even after decades of research, the reason for the decline is still a mystery.

Pavlof Is Active Again

Jul 1, 2016
NASA

Alaska’s most active volcano is at it again. Friday morning, scientists observed a steam plume at Pavlof volcano and increased seismic activity. And they’ve raised the volcano alert level from “normal” to “advisory”.

Takao Araiba

Cold Bay to Unalaska is nearly 200 miles. By plane, it takes about an hour. By kayak, it's nearly a month. Akio Shinya made the trip -- with three others -- in 24 days.

"I am old man, 69-years-old," Akio Shinya said. "So very hard, but now I am happy."

Over the past 16 years, he has taken six kayak trips to the Aleutian Islands. A place he considers special.

"Kayak was born here," Shinya said. "Aleutian Island chain. They have big history, so I am interested in the ancient people and Aleutians."

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