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Science & Environment

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

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When bald eagles die in Unalaska, it’s the beginning of a long journey. Literally. Many of them travel thousands of miles and find second lives in the Lower 48. 

When Damian Lopez-Plancarte walks into the Wildlife Trooper office and opens the freezer, it looks like Thanksgiving. 

The shelves are jammed full of turkey-shaped items wrapped in plastic. But none of them are turkeys.

“Here we have one, two, three four, five dead eagles,” says Lopez Plancarte, counting each one.. 

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Six days after forming an emergency response team, officials have suspended their efforts aboard a disabled fishing vessel in Unalaska.

Coast Guard Petty Officer John-Paul Rios said responders have removed almost 16,000 gallons of oil and sludge from the F/V Akutan, which is moored in Captains Bay.

“The main thing we were trying to do was insure there was no major pollution incident," said Rios. "At this time, we feel confident that we’ve mitigated any kind of imminent threat of pollution.”

F/V Akutan Stays Afloat

Aug 24, 2017
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The F/V Akutan is no longer in immediate danger of sinking. That’s according to the U.S. Coast Guard, which organized a slew of agencies to stabilize the listing vessel and remove pollutants over the weekend.

Petty Officer Meredith Manning said the unified command came together to stop the boat from spilling fuel, oil, and other chemicals into Unalaska’s Captain’s Bay.  

Scientists Find New Clue In Steller Sea Lion Decline

Aug 23, 2017
NOAA

Scientists have finished another research season without solving the 40-year-old mystery of the Steller sea lion decline in the Aleutian Islands.

But this summer, a team from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration may have found a new clue.

NOAA biologist Katie Sweeney is trying to solve the mystery of two sea lion stocks.

Sports Fishing Report: August 17, 2017

Aug 18, 2017

Issued August 17, 2017

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