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.

Hunting herons feast on juvenile Chinook, coho salmon

Salmon remains found in the scat of Pacific great blue herons nesting in British Columbia’s Salish Sea region put doctoral student Zackary Sherker on the track of a key predator of juvenile Chinook and coho salmon.

SEITC: Transboundary rivers study gives basis for future collaboration

Collaborators of a four-year study that concluded there is no measurable impact to transboundary waters flowing into Alaska from historical mining activity in British Columbia say their data will be the foundation for assessing the impact of future industrial activity.
Photo courtesy of Shane McLendon/Unsplash

Corps of Engineers allows Pebble appeal for critical permit

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials have accepted a request from the Pebble Limited Partnership to appeal the Corps’ denial of a key environmental permit needed to develop the copper, gold and molybdenum mine in Southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed.

Water monitoring report draws mixed responses

A report on a four-year effort to examine water quality of salmon-rich transboundary rivers concluded these rivers sustain aquatic life in conjunction with mining efforts. However, the report is getting mixed reviews from government entities, harvesters and tribal entities.

Lovesick seals struggle to be heard above Arctic industry

In the rapidly changing Arctic, where industrial activities are predicted to rise dramatically over the next 15 years, bearded seals may need to adjust their mating calls to be heard above noise generated by ships and commercial activities.

DNA data will improve coastal fisheries management

Federal fisheries officials say a long-term environmental DNA research project will offer better understanding of nearshore habitats for fish and crab in Alaska and help support sustainable fisheries management.

COVID-19 cases in Alaska reach 58,837

State health officials report the number of Alaskans vaccinated against the novel coronavirus keeps rising, with a total of 260,616 doses administered through Tuesday, March 2.

Recall Dunleavy campaign approaches signature goal

An effort to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy is seeing a fresh surge of support, with a total of 56,476 signatures gathered and just 14,776, more to go.

Stevens: Kudos to Superior Court ruling on appointees

Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, praised an Alaska Superior Court decision finding that Gov. Mike Dunleavy could not lawfully extend the appointments of a number of individuals, who were not confirmed by the Legislature in time for the December 2020 deadline, until the start of the new session.

Conservationists want closer look at war games’ environmental impact

Conservation entities concerned about the environmental impact of future military exercises are urging the U.S. Navy to update information compiled to date with new data and impose stronger mitigation to protect marine life in the Gulf of Alaska.

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