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Clear skies and a cold air mass have pushed the temperatures at the King Salmon airport to record lows. But Bristol Bay may experience wetter and milder weather heading into October.

Courtesy of Mabel Baldwin-Schaeffer

For the first time, the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has a Tribal research coordinator. NOAA is a key federal leader of environmental research. Those involved say the new position is a step toward better representation for Alaska’s Indigenous communities. 


The area from Pilot Point up towards Naknek could experience southwest winds sustained as high as 30 - 40 mph with higher gusts, according to climate specialist Rick Thoman. 


Research cruise investigates Bering Sea warm spell

Oct 8, 2015
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NOAA scientists say a second warm year is causing poor pollock recruitment -- and could indicate a big shift in climate patterns in the Bering Sea.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA assessed the risk for oil spills in Alaska currently and all the way to 2025.  

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration agreed to settle three civil enforcement cases involving flow scales on board the American Seafoods Company’s fishing vessels. 

The case says that personnel aboard the ASC’s catcher-processor vessels American Dynasty, Ocean Rover and Northern Eagle violated the Magnuson Steven Act and the American Fisheries Act by causing the flow scales to weigh inaccurately. 


Climate change is an increasing problem on the global stage, and its effects, including increased droughts and natural disasters, are a cause for concern.  A senior government official recently said not only is climate change present in Alaska.  It’s accelerating.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more.

NOAA Administrator Visits Alaska, Outlines Priorities

Aug 20, 2014

The head of the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration came to Alaska Tuesday.  She accompanied the Secretary of Commerce, who was carrying out an official visit.  In an interview with KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh, she discussed the administration’s current priorities.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced this week the approval of the first grant application to assist fishermen affected by the 2012 commercial fisheries failure in the Yukon Chinook, Kuskokwim Chinook and Cook Inlet fisheries.  

NOAA Ocean Acidification Report Released

Aug 11, 2014

A new study, released in July, shows that many fishing communities in Alaska could face challenges due to ocean acidification. This includes many villages and cities in Southwest Alaska. KDLG’s Luke Brummer has more.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration is teaming up with other environmental organizations to use new tools to study melting glaciers in Alaska’s Prince William Sound.  KDLG’s Thea Card has more.

NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, the University of Alaska and the Alaska Ocean Observing System are working together to look at ocean acidification in Alaska’s waters.  Ocean acidification is the process of ocean water becoming more acidic as a result of absorbing almost one third of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is pushing a new rule for ground fish fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area that will protect Steller sea lions. 

NOAA’s newly released publication says the intent of the rule is to “protect the endangered western distinct population segment of Steller sea lions and its critical habitat, as required under the Endangered Species Act.”  The publication also says there is a concern to prevent a harmful economic impact of the fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands areas.

Polar Research Satellite Finishes 13 Years of Service

Jun 11, 2014

A polar research satellite has ended its operational life with over a decade of service.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more.