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Science and environmental reporting on news and community topics. Science coverage is occasionally provided by community members.

Water temperatures in the Bering sea are warmer this year, but it is not worrying researchers. The Bering Sea Fisheries Research Foundation recently returned from three weeks of surveying tanner crab in the Bering Sea. The non-profit was formed by commercial crab industry leaders in 2003.

Scientists Across Fields Focus On Aleutians

May 21, 2016

For years, Debbie Corbett was regional archeologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She retired in 2013 and began freelancing. She also started working on organizing a forum for scientists doing research in any field - as long as it was centered on the Aleutian Islands.

Corbett says the idea hatched at a National Science Foundation-funded workshop on North Pacific archeology a few years back.

Tracking Molting To Measure Growth

May 19, 2016
Greta Mart

Daily since late April, researchers have made their way to the end of A dock at Unalaska's Carl E. Moses boat harbor. There they pull up a series of people-sized circular nets - sort of like Japanese paper hanging lanterns - and peer inside.

Jeff Cox is a contractor for the Bering Sea Fisheries Research Foundation. Vanessa White is with NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center. Both are based in Seattle and are working together on this leg of the study.

UC Press

It was 1970 when marine ecologist Dr. James Estes first came to Alaska to study marine life. 

Estes flew out to the Aleutian Islands at the behest of the Atomic Energy Commission. He was hired to asses what may happen to local wildlife when the government blew up a nuclear bomb buried roughly one mile deep on a small island almost to Russia.

Courtesy Brenda Tellman

An unattended bonfire caused a tundra fire at Morris Cove last Sunday. When on a walk with her family, Unalaskan Brenda Tellman saw smoke. She went to investigate and found the grass on fire. It was over an acre and spreading.

Tellman says she was scared they would not be able to extinguish the fire before it spread.

“Just people who are making fires out there have to make sure the fire is really out because of sparks with the dry grass," said Tellman. "We don’t have trees, but we do have bushes and a lot of super dry grass.”