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The Northern Climate Observer

The Northern Climate Observer is a compilation of articles and observations about changing environment and climate, and the impacts on Northern communities. It is a LEO Network product, published weekly by the Center for Climate and Health at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

Changing Fisheries For years we have received observations about unusual change related to subsistence and sport fisheries - razor clams, char, halibut, herring, salmon, you name it. But there are also significant changes occurring in the commercial sector, which are important for these species, our economy, and communities. This week we feature an article from the Peninsula Clarion about parasites in the scallop fishery, and a LEO Post about variability in the pink salmon catch in the Shumagin Islands. For Earth Day we recognize the importance of healthy fisheries for communities in the North and the role of fishermen of all types in helping us to recognize and understand these changes. Mike Brubaker - Editor


Kamishak Bay, Alaska, United States
Elizabeth Earl / Peninsula Clarion / April 18, 2017

The prevalence of "weak meats" syndrome in 2014, 2015 meant that somewhere on the order of half of all scallops shucked couldn’t be marketed. That was much higher than the fleet had ever seen before.

Read article on Peninsula Clarion



Red Bluff, Popof Island, Alaska
LEO Network / September 4, 2016

Fishing for pinks has been really up and down the last few years. In 2014 the catch was really low, and then 2015 it was amazing with more than we had ever seen before. This year's pink salmon return again, was really bad.

Read post on the LEO Network



Babbage River, Yukon Territory, Canada
Yereth Rosen / Alaska Dispatch News / April 19, 2017

Canadian researchers learned that local Inuvialuit hunters had spotted beavers in the region in 2008 and 2009. Those sightings are the first documented signs of North American beaver occupancy on the Beaufort coastal plain.

Read article on Alaska Dispatch News



Ferryland, Newfoundland, Canada
Julia Buckley / INDEPENDENT / April 19, 2017

Over 600 icebergs have already floated into the North Atlantic this year, compared to an average of 687 over the whole season. Experts believe that this year’s bumper crop is down to strong counter-clockwise winds, as well as global warming.

Read article on INDEPENDENT



Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Dan Levin, The New York Times / Alaska Dispatch News / April 19, 2017

The country's 3,300 miles of ice roads are a lifeline for marooned communities during frigid winters, but climate change is making the roads unsafe much earlier.

Read article on Alaska Dispatch News



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