Chugach amphibians under attack by fungus

Frogs and salamanders in the Chugach and Tongass national forests are being targeted by a microscopic fungus that settles on their skin, impeding their ability to absorb water and oxygen. Unlike the fungi foraged during Cordova’s annual Fungus Festival, this fungus can be a killer for many frogs and salamanders.

Warming waters pose starvation risk to cod larvae

Warming waters in the southeast Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska ecosystems can boost the metabolic demand for food of young Pacific cod. But what if, due to warming ocean waters, there is no prey to be found?

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.

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.

State, NSB launch joint effort on resource management

North Slope Borough and state officials have signed a memorandum of understanding to work cooperatively on issues related to fish and wildlife, with a goal of giving area residents more influence on subsistence resources they depend on.
Photo courtesy of Jon Butterworth/Unsplash

Scientist warns logging Tongass would contribute to climate change

A research scientist with the Earth Island Institute in Berkeley, California, says that logging of mostly old-growth timber in Tongass National Forest will have an alarming impact on global climate change.

GOA is slow to return to pre-heat-wave status

A heat wave that impacted the marine food web of the Gulf of Alaska in 2014 officially ended in 2016, but federal fisheries scientists still don’t know if the ecosystem will revert to pre-heat-wave conditions.

‘Rat Island’ rid of invading rodents

“We were surprised that the level of recovery unfolded so quickly,” said Carolyn Kurle.

Invasive mussels found on aquarium moss balls

"It could be extremely detrimental to aquatic habits in Alaska if zebra mussels were inadvertently introduced in any freshwater system in the state," said ADF&G invasive species coordinator Tammy Davis. "It is imperative that we take measures to ensure that this does not happen."

Hearing set for critical habitat for ringed, bearded seals

NOAA Fisheries is accepting public comment through March 9 on proposed critical habitat in the northern Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas essential for the lifestyles of Arctic ringed seals and the Beringia distant population segment of bearded seals.

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