Science & Environment

Science and environmental reporting on news and community topics. Science coverage is occasionally provided by community members.

Laura Kraegel

A recreational vessel ran aground Wednesday night in Captains Bay, according to Ben Wagner with the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Unit in Dutch Harbor.

Wagner said the owner was moving the boat to a new location when the tide went out and the vessel ran aground on rocks near the shoreline. No one was injured, but responders did notice a slight oil sheen in the water near the boat.

Pavlof Is Active Again

Jul 1, 2016

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”.

Water temperatures in the Bering sea are warmer this year, but it is not worrying researchers. The Bering Sea Fisheries Research Foundation recently returned from three weeks of surveying tanner crab in the Bering Sea. The non-profit was formed by commercial crab industry leaders in 2003.

For years, Debbie Corbett was regional archeologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She retired in 2013 and began freelancing. She also started working on organizing a forum for scientists doing research in any field - as long as it was centered on the Aleutian Islands.

Corbett says the idea hatched at a National Science Foundation-funded workshop on North Pacific archeology a few years back.

Greta Mart

Daily since late April, researchers have made their way to the end of A dock at Unalaska's Carl E. Moses boat harbor. There they pull up a series of people-sized circular nets - sort of like Japanese paper hanging lanterns - and peer inside.

Jeff Cox is a contractor for the Bering Sea Fisheries Research Foundation. Vanessa White is with NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center. Both are based in Seattle and are working together on this leg of the study.