The aging of Alaska’s commercial fishing workforce has been a concern for several years.
Pinto abalones are valued for their meat — and more. They were traditionally used for trade, and their shells are used in artwork.
A youth art competition will help determine messaging for signs in Dillingham’s harbor in an effort to keep the water clean.
Alaska has an ambitious goal: to turn its growing mariculture business into a $100 million industry by 2040.
An “off-the-shelf” look implies the trash was dumped recently and close to the shore.
Subsistence users across the region are feeling the impacts of the die-off.
Researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks will travel to Dillingham this week to continue erosion research in Bristol Bay’s coastal communities.
On the east coast, these hardy crustaceans are known as aggressive eaters and have meant millions of dollars lost in fisheries for clams, mussels and scallops. The crab are destructive to eelgrass beds, which are important to young fish. They’re also known to eat juvenile salmon and could compete with native Dungeness crab.
In some places surrounding the central and western Aleutian Islands, reefs are crumbling from urchins burrowing through the weakened calcium carbonate structures.
“Everything is so unknown,” said Meta Mesdag, the owner of Salty Lady Seafood Co.