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4 Charged with Theft of Oysters from Kachemak Bay Farm

4 Charged with Theft of Oysters from Kachemak Bay Farm

Four local residents are being charged with criminal trespass and theft for stealing oysters from a farm on the south side of Kachemak Bay on 4th of July.

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July 23, 2015
Tutka Bay Lodge - Photo courtesy of withinthewild.com, shared via KBBI.org

Two Alaska Lodges Make National Geographic’s ‘Most Unique in the World’ List

Two remote Alaska lodges have been given an international nod with a listing from National Geographic as some of the most unique in the world.

July 23, 2015
Fire in Little Jakolof Bay - Photo courtesy of Jan Flora

Fire Destroys Oyster Company Boat, Dock, Equipment in Little Jakolof Bay

A fire destroyed a sailboat, part of a dock, and some equipment owned by the Jakolof Bay Oyster Company last night. There have been no reported injuries.

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July 20, 2015
Ocean Acidification: A Grim Reaper For Wild Shellfish Stocks?

Ocean Acidification: A Grim Reaper For Wild Shellfish Stocks?

According to a recent NOAA study, Alaskan shellfish hatcheries risk becoming unsustainable by 2040 because of ocean acidification. Over the last week, we’ve heard how a hatchery in Oregon is dealing with changes in ocean chemistry and about groundbreaking genetic research on shellfish adaptability. But the big questions still remain- how far-reaching will the effects be and can we mitigate them before it’s too late?

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July 15, 2015
Diagram of upwelling which is a cycle of seasonal winds pushing newer oxygen-rich water off the surface of the ocean and older, nutrient and CO2 rich water rising up to take its place causing a lot of pH fluctuation. (Image courtesy of NOAA)

Shellfish genetics could be the key to climate change adaptation

A recent NOAA study found that by 2040, Alaskan shellfish hatcheries may no longer be sustainable because of ocean acidification, unless serious mitigation efforts are put in place. We recently reported on a hatchery in Oregon that’s become a model for adapting to these different conditions. But the long term solution may actually lie in shellfish genes.

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July 14, 2015
Lessons for Alaska: Oregon Shellfish Hatchery Tackles Ocean Acidification

Lessons for Alaska: Oregon Shellfish Hatchery Tackles Ocean Acidification

A recent NOAA study pegged 2040 as the date for the potential end of Alaskan shellfish hatcheries. That is, unless serious mitigation efforts are put in place to combat ocean acidification. Last week we reported on the research, done at the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery in Seward. Now, we’ll take a look at what a hatchery on the Oregon coast is doing to deal with these harmful changes in ocean chemistry.

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July 13, 2015
Ocean Acidification Threatens Shellfish Hatcheries

Ocean Acidification Threatens Shellfish Hatcheries

New research paints an unsettling picture of the future of shellfish in coastal Alaska. The effects of ocean acidification are worsening and could mean the end of hatcheries in the next 25 years if costly mitigation efforts aren’t put in place.

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July 8, 2015
Sea Shanties, Scurvy, and a Sailboat Regatta without Wind

Sea Shanties, Scurvy, and a Sailboat Regatta without Wind

Fair winds and following seas. A blessing for sailors, heading out onto the water, at the mercy of time and tides. It was what we hoped for the Arctica, a small but mighty sailboat, with its motley crew of recent surgery patients, pregnant women, and greenhorns.

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July 2, 2015

State assistance programs approved for Kenai Peninsula fire victims

Governor Bill Walker has approved a number of state assistance programs to help victims of Kenai Peninsula wildfires.

July 1, 2015

Soldotna Lodge Opens Doors to Fire Victims 2 Years Running

The Card Street fire near Sterling is diminishing and many evacuees are returning to their homes this week. Across the central peninsula, hotels and restaurants that helped with relief efforts are getting back to business as usual. But for one hotel in Soldotna, this isn’t the first time they’ve stepped up and the community now knows where to turn for help, year after year.

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June 25, 2015
Conflicting Water Rights at the Heart of Chuitna Mining Debate

Conflicting Water Rights at the Heart of Chuitna Mining Debate

PacRim Coal is proposing a strip mining operation on the west side of Cook Inlet, in the Chuitna watershed. It proposes removing the water completely from a tributary of the Chuitna River, which is a salmon stream.

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June 22, 2015

Kenai Peninsula fires slowly coming into containment

The Card Street fire near Sterling and two fires near Cooper Landing continue to burn on the Kenai Peninsula. As of Sunday morning, the Card Street fire was estimated to be around 7,700 acres.

June 22, 2015
Lightning Thought to Cause Cooper Landing Fires

Lightning Thought to Cause Cooper Landing Fires

Update: Wednesday, June 17. 5:45 pm.

Lightning strikes are thought to be the cause of two new fires that started Tuesday near the Kenai Peninsula community of Cooper Landing. Both fires are at zero percent containment and power lines have been shut off near the larger fire.

June 17, 2015
Small Fire Around Old Sterling Power Pole Quickly Extinguished

Small Fire Around Old Sterling Power Pole Quickly Extinguished

Power was out for residents from Diamond Ridge to the Old Sterling Highway for about an hour on Monday afternoon. The incident, which took place on the Old Sterling, also caused a small fire.

June 16, 2015
Map via the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Card Street Fire Grows To 1,500 Acres

The Card Street Fire near Sterling on the Kenai Peninsula doubled in size overnight. Now at more than 1,200 acres, the fire has destroyed at least six structures.

June 16, 2015

Card Street Fire Grows On Kenai Peninsula

A wildfire burning on the central Kenai Peninsula had consumed about 150 acres and destroyed six structures near the community of Sterling by Monday evening.

June 15, 2015
Protesters Against Military Training Exercises in Gulf of Alaska Gather on Homer Spit - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI

Coastal Communities Rally to Protest Naval Activity in the Gulf of Alaska

Several coastal communities, including Kodiak, Cordova, and Homer, have held both land-based and fishing boat flotilla protests over the last few weeks to voice their concerns about planned Navy and joint military training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska.

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June 9, 2015

Cleanup continues for Cook Inlet diesel spill

Clean up and assessment work continues following a diesel spill in southern Cook Inlet over the weekend. The vessel in question is currently tied up in Seldovia, on the southern Kenai Peninsula.

May 26, 2015
Maps Merge Data on Birds and Ships to Mitigate Oil Spills

Maps Merge Data on Birds and Ships to Mitigate Oil Spills

A local scientist and entrepreneur is leadinga mapping project to find out where potential oil spills could have the worst effects on seabirds.

May 20, 2015
Bandit the Runaway Wave Buoy Back in Service

Bandit the Runaway Wave Buoy Back in Service

A popular, yet troublesome, ocean monitoring buoy went back in service this spring in southern peninsula waters after being out of service for a year and a half.

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May 19, 2015