National Marine Fisheries Service

National Marine Fisheries Service / National Marine Fisheries Service

Temperatures in the Gulf of Alaska are on the upswing again, which could be bad news for fish and other marine animals.

Last summer saw scorching temperatures across Alaska, including breaking the 90-degree mark on the Fourth of July in Southcentral. The ocean hangs onto abnormal temperatures for some time, leading to sea surface temperature anomalies and can have negative impacts on fish populations.

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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has received a $1.1 million grant from the National Marine Fisheries Service to continue studying Cook Inlet beluga whales. The study will include more detailed information about the whales’ habitat and diet.

The Cook Inlet population of belugas is classified as endangered by the federal government. The most recent count estimated that there are about 279 of them left, which is down from the 2016 count of 328. Scientists aren’t exactly sure why the whales are declining, but the Fish and Game study is intended to help shed some more light on that question.

Hilcorp lays out five year Cook Inlet plan

Nov 6, 2018

 

The state’s third largest oil and gas company is preparing to expand its operational footprint in Cook Inlet. Hilcorp recently filed an application for the incidental take of marine mammals with the National Marine Fisheries Service.