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Wrangell father, son plead guilty to fishing violation

Before a 70-year-old Wrangell fisherman and his son entered the Juneau federal courthouse for their first court appearance, a plea deal had already been reached and signed. Charles Jeffrey Petticrew Sr. sat in his wheelchair before U.S.
Agency: Whales' recovery a success story

HONOLULU - The humpback whale became the unofficial symbol for the conservation movement in the last century. The iconic whale that can be found across the planet was on the verge of extinction.
Where the world ends up when the ocean spits it out

Every day, debris from the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami washes up on Alaskan shores. Lost crab pots "ghost fish" on the ocean floor. Tiny pieces of plastic almost indistinguishable from sand settle into Southeast Alaskan beaches.
Photo: Meet Bryce

Bryce, a blind harbor seal pup, is shown feeding at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. Bryce was the last pup rescued in 2014 after being found at Land's End in Homer.
My Turn: Ramp up US, Alaska's Arctic infrastructure

At long last, the United States government appears poised to seize - if at times, fitfully - it's Arctic Destiny.
Photo: Science sphere

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.
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?


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