Tagged: Alaska

NOAA announced a recovery plan for Beluga whales in Alaska. (Credit: Mike Johnston/Flickr)

NOAA Releases Plan for Alaska Endangered Beluga Whales

A federal plan for the recovery of an endangered Alaska beluga whale calls for a reduction in threats of high concern while scientists try to pinpoint what has kept the population from growing. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday announced its recovery plan for Cook Inlet beluga whales, a population listed as endangered since 2008.

The U.S. Coast Guard Polar Sea around McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, on Mar. 15, 2007 has now been decommissioned. (Credit: Kevin J. Neff/U.S. Coast Guard )

Coast Guard Actions In The Arctic

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, held a hearing on the Coast Guard’s implementation capabilities in the Arctic to outline the state of play in the region.

Plastic bottles on a beach (Credit: Bo Eide/ Flickr)

Trash In The Seas Starts At Home

Marine debris is flooding our oceans at an estimated rate of eight million tons of trash annually, and its results are devastating. Scientists have observed nearly 700 different marine species that have already been negatively impacted by marine plastics, and trash could outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050.

A juvenile yellowfin sole, Limanda aspera. (Credit: NOAA)

Other Fisheries Notices – Rock Sole

The National Marine Fisheries Service is exchanging unused rock sole Community Development Quota for yellowfin sole CDQ acceptable biological catch reserves in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area.

The largest billfish, the Atlantic blue marlin, weighs up to 1800 lb and has been classified as a vulnerable species. (Credit: NMFS/NOAA)

Notice of Public Meetings

Upcoming public meetings have been announced for the Mid-Altantic Fishery Management Council’s Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Advisory Panel, Pacific Fishery Management Council, North Slope Science Initiative-Science Technical Advisory Panel, and NOAA Office for Coastal Management.

Polar bear, Ursus maritimus. (Credit: Wikipedia commons)

Alaska: Subsistence Collections

The National Park Service proposes to allow qualified subsistence users to collect and use nonedible fish and wildlife parts and plant materials for the creation and subsequent disposition (use, barter, or sale) of handicrafts....