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Ralph Steeves, tour guide for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute, speaks during a Science on a Sphere demonstration that features information about climate...
New ocean acidification study launched in Prince William Sound

Beginning this week, two surface wave gliders resembling yellow surfboards will cruise around Prince William Sound as part of a five-month monitoring program to measure ocean acidification, according to a release from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Souring seas eating away at tiny creatures

SEATTLE - It didn't take long for researchers examining the tiny sea snails to see something amiss. The surface of some of their thin outer shells looked as if they had been etched by a solvent. Others were deeply pitted and pocked.
Auke Lake: home to Southeast standbys, uncommon species

Auke Lake may be the first place many Juneauites think of for fresh water recreation, but it's also a unique ecosystem with more to it than is immediately apparent.
Fishermen protest Wal-Mart decision

ANCHORAGE - Nearly 40 Alaska fishermen protested Wednesday outside an Anchorage Wal-Mart store, upset with a decision by the company about how it buys seafood.
For Alaskans, orca film might stir memories of '80s-era controversy

In the winter and spring of 1984, a heated debate took place in Alaska ? playing out on the pages of the Juneau Empire, on the steps of the Capitol building and on the floor of the Alaska Legislature, and, eventually, in front of a federal judge in a courtroom in Anchorage. The issue: should SeaWorld be able to capture 100 orca whales from Alaskan waters over a period of five years and keep 10 of them for public display in their marine parks?
Lecture on Alaska's coastal zones and seaweeds at state museum in Dec.

JUNEAU - How well do you really know Alaska's coastline and what does that have to do with seaweeds?Mandy Lindeberg, a federal fisheries research biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Auke Bay Laboratory in Juneau, will share her fascination with Alaska's coastal ecology and seaweeds during a presentation at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau. Lindeberg's research has taken her to many remote locations across Alaska and she will share her photos and the knowledge she has gained over the years.
Baby humpback whale stranded off Hawaii beach dies

A baby humpback whale that was found floundering in shallow waters off Hawaii's Kawaikui Beach Park died after becoming separated from its mother.
State Briefs

Teen pleads guilty to attempted murder; Tongass supervisor heads for Montana; Settlement reached in four fishing cases; Man sentenced for assaulting infant; Couple killed in crash near Skagway identified;
New halibut subsistence fishery draws 8,500 people

About 8,500 people have obtained certificates for halibut subsistence fishing since they became available in mid-May, and federal and tribal officials say for the most part the program has run smoothly. "Most people are real excited about it, said Gordon Jackson, Tlingit-Haida Central Council business and economic development manager. "There's a lot of people applying for it. For the most part I think everybody's following all the rules and regulations pretty nicely."


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