Margaret Bauman

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Margaret Bauman is a veteran Alaska journalist focused on covering fisheries and environmental issues. Bauman has been writing for The Cordova Times since 2010. You can reach her at mbauman@thecordovatimes.com.

Legislators raise concerns of toxic chemicals in drinking water

Legislation now being considered would strengthen testing requirements for water sources statewide to determine if levels of toxic chemicals make the water unsafe for human consumption.

DEC advised to rescind wetlands permit for Donlin Gold mine

An administrative law judge has concluded that the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation was wrong in issuing a Clean Water Act permit to Donlin Gold, because the project would not meet state water quality standards.

State pauses use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

State officials have paused all use of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine while reviewing six cases of severe blood clots following vaccinations.
Bristol Bay, Alaska.

Bristol Bay salmon season opens June 1

Andy Wink, executive director of the BBRSDA, reminded harvesters of the importance of following pandemic health care mandates issued by the state of Alaska, processors and communities where they may be working during the fishing season.

Sablefish fishery opens April 15 with 208,000-pound GHL

Fifty-seven permits have been issued by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for the Prince William Sound sablefish season, which opens on April 15 with a guideline harvest level of 208,000 pounds, up from 167,000 pounds a year ago.

$19M contract for Ketchikan port goes to Ahtna

An $18.7 million sole source contract to revitalize the port at Ketchikan so that the NOAA survey ship Fairweather can be housed there has been awarded to Ahtna Infrastructure & Technologies LLC, a subsidiary of the Alaska Native regional corporation Ahtna Inc.

Changing environment may be to blame for reduced fish populations

A new study aimed at determining how best to boost recovery of Atlantic cod has researchers pondering whether ongoing fishing and environmental changes, rather than evolution, are behind failed recovery of many stressed fish populations.

Northern Edge begins May 3

Northern Edge, the biennial U.S. Indo-Pacific Command joint exercise in the far north, will be back in the Gulf of Alaska May 3-14, and for now, at least, military officials are keeping details under wraps.

Role of sonar uncertain in deaths of 8 whales

Federal fisheries scientists are still trying to determine what caused the deaths of eight stranded female Stejneger’s beaked whales off Adak Island in the Aleutians in the summer of 2018.

Peter Pan Seafood announces leadership changes

A long-time executive of Peter Pan Seafood has transitioned to a senior advisory role and the vertically integrated company, under new ownership since January, has added two industry veterans to its top management team.

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