Sockeye catches through the Port Moller Test Fishery dropped off a bit on Wednesday compared to the huge catches recorded on Tuesday. 136-sockeye were caught on Wednesday. The catch at station 2 was 32-sockeye. That’s the largest daily catch of the season at that station.
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, stating that closely-held companies do not have to pay for their employees’ birth control. In response, a number of senators, including US Senator Mark Begich, are now working together to pass a bill that will make it illegal for a company to deny workers specific health benefits, like birth control.
The United Tribes of Bristol Bay recently announced it would intervene in a lawsuit filed by the Pebble Limited Partnership against the EPA’s use of its Clean Water Act authority in order to stop development of the proposed Pebble Mine. The group of tribes announced the move to help protect the strength of the clean water act. Heather Kendall-Miller is the Senior Staff Attorney for the Native American Rights Fund, which represents the tribal organization.
The Journal of Animal Ecology released a publication this week stating the gender and size of a breeding wolf can have a huge effect on a determining whether a pack will continue.
Biologists at the Denali National Park and Preserve noticed that wolf sightings would drop after the death of a breeding female. Wildlife Biologist with the Denali National Park and Preserve and graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Bridget Borg says the long term project she works on monitors the wolf population in Denali Park.
Any concerns of radiation from the Fukushima explosion in 2011 affecting the Alaskan seafood has been ruled out by the US Food and Drug Administration.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services confirmed reports from the FDA. Alaska’s State Veterinarian Robert Gerlach says the concern in the public was that the radiation would pass via water and through the fish.
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration is teaming up with other environmental organizations to use new tools to study melting glaciers in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. KDLG’s Thea Card has more.
NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, the University of Alaska and the Alaska Ocean Observing System are working together to look at ocean acidification in Alaska’s waters. Ocean acidification is the process of ocean water becoming more acidic as a result of absorbing almost one third of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.