| Feb 13, 2013
| 7:18 AM
A federal agency has rejected a petition seeking to list 44 cold-water corals off Alaska as threatened or endangered.
An environmental group says the corals are threatened by commercial fishing, ocean warming, acidification and oil spills.
| Jan 24, 2013
| 5:07 AM
Federal marine mammal authorities have proposed a recovery plan for a rare large whale, the North Pacific right whale.
The National Marine Fisheries Service on Wednesday published the proposal for the marine mammal that has been listed as endangered...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 4:25 PM
This week's column should be titled "Eelgrass for Dummies" — because the topic has been a sticking point around the harbor for years, and we all have to understand it better if we ever want to obtain dredging permits for our docks.
In my column...
| May 22, 2013
| 7:20 AM
Conservationists are decrying a move by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to loosen what critics say is already a lax restriction on shark finning, the controversial practice of slicing the fins off and discarding the body at sea.
| May 17, 2013
| 6:23 PM
Two people aboard a 20-foot boat near Ketchikan had their voyage terminated by the U.S. Coast Guard Thursday, following the discovery of several safety and fishing violations aboard.
U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley says...
| May 19, 2013
| 9:55 PM
Last week, National Marine Fisheries Service officials made the decision to consider listing a harbor seal population in Lake Iliamna as endangered or threatened--yet another piece of wood on the controversial fire that is the Pebble Mine project.
| Jan 16, 2013
| 5:22 AM
The National Marine Fisheries Service is again seeking nominees for two seats on the International Pacific Halibut Commission.
The agency, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says commissioners represent U.S. interests in the...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 4:27 PM
The main prey of polar bears has been declared a threatened species because of diminishing sea ice due to climate warming, with Gov. Sean Parnell's office announcing that it was considering a challenge to the federal decision.
The National Marine...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 5:56 AM
Alaska's congressional delegation wants changes in federal plans to put observers on more commercial halibut fishing boats.
The observer program has been around since 1990 for large catcher and catcher-processor vessels in Bering Sea and Gulf of...
| May 10, 2013
| 12:47 PM
Two federal agencies on Friday announced a major review of how seismic testing for oil and gas deposits affects marine mammals and fish in deep waters off the Gulf of Mexico.
So-called seismic surveys entail blasts from air guns or other ship-borne...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 7:22 AM
The National Marine Fisheries Service is planning workshops in Juneau and Yakutat on April 22 and 23 to take comment on whether cruise ships or other vessels in glacial fjords disturb harbor seals.
Harbor seals are an important subsistence game animal...