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Rapunzel Project breaches divides in humpback whale communication

For the past two summers, the Five Finger light house near Petersburg has hosted humpback whale research. A graduate student from Oregon State works with a rotating team of interns to study the impact of vessel noise on humpback whale communication. The historic building perches at the confluence of Stephen’s passage and Frederick sound – and brings a healthy dose of whimsy to the earthly world of science.

Alexis Kenyon has more.

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State cuts bring changes to SE commercial fisheries

This super cub at Eliza Lake allows biologists to track pink escapements. Photo courtesy of Troy Thynes
Commercial fisheries in Southeast Alaska have survived two years of state budget cuts but not without some changes. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Commercial Fisheries has cut some positions, ended some monitoring programs, and found some new funding sources. more

Longline fleet awaits word on fishing season start

Commercial longline fishing fleets in Alaska are awaiting word about whether the season for halibut and black cod will actually start on March 11th. That’s the date voted on for halibut fishing by the International Pacific Halibut Commission in January. Typically the National Marine Fisheries Service also opens long-line fishing for black cod on the same day. This year that’s all up in the air. more