As the ice clears out from the last of Alaska’s beaches, it’s the time of year when shorelines become littered with old fishing gear, machinery, and cargo from ships sailing across the globe. Cleaning up Alaska’s vast coastline is a huge undertaking, but the Alaska Marine Stewardship Foundation is starting by sponsoring clean up projects in 9 communities around the state.

Three Alaskan tribes will receive more than 400 thousand dollars through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support conservation projects.

The Aleut Community of St. Paul Island will put 200 thousand dollars towards fighting rats.  The community will evaluate current rat stations, defense strategies and control techniques within the current rat prevention program.

All photos by Carl Johnson / http://www.carljohnsonphoto.com/

Freelance photographer Carl Johnson hopes to raise $20,000 through the crowdfunding site to help tell the story of Bristol Bay through photos.

Some work is underway on what could become a roughly $8 million dollar, several year plan to bring the facility into compliance with the DEC and EPA.

Environmental Restoration Continues at Port Heiden

May 28, 2013

Efforts to continue removing PCB-contaminated soil from USAF sites planned through the summer season.

Scientists are now able to monitor two remote volcanoes on the Alaska Peninsula after equipment came back to life this spring.

Brandon Wilson

The Pavlof Volcano on the lower end of the Alaska Peninsula continues to erupt and ash fall has been reported in at least one nearby community. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Theo Chesley

The Pavlof Volcano on the southern end of the Alaska Peninsula continues to erupt with lava flowing down the mountain. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story.

The mineral exploration company hopes to convince an investing partner to fund further exploration for gold and copper deposits at three sites.

NOAA Fisheries

The Federal Government is starting the process to determine if the harbor seals that call Iliamna Lake home should be listed under the Endangered Species Act. On Thursday NOAA Fisheries announced that a status review will be undertaken to determine if the Iliamna Lake seals are a distinct population segment of the Pacific harbor seal. The review will also look at whether or not the seals should be listed as threatened or endangered.

Dillingham Volunteer Monitors For Invasive Beetles

May 14, 2013

Over the next 20 weeks, Paul Liedberg will periodically check three beetle traps in Dillingham, helping forestry officials monitor for invasive pests.

Chris Waythomas

A very active volcano on the Alaska Peninsula is at it once again. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details.

Millrock Resources, Inc.

The agreement covers a tract of land with three known porphyry copper-gold occurrences around the Chigniks, down the Alaska Peninsula.

The link to submit public comments concerning the Bristol Bay Area Plan Amendment 2012 was unintentionally turned off a day early, says DNR.

Mike Mason

Monday is the deadline to comment on the proposed changes to the Area Plan for the Bristol Bay region.     The plan will help shape the future of development in the region but it's come under criticism for favoring mining over habitat protection. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story.