The Pacific Marine Heatwave (2014-2016) had impacts throughout the marine food chain. Marine heatwaves will continue to occur.
Although seabird die-off events are not uncommon, recent die-offs have been extraordinarily extensive.
Sea Star Wasting Syndrome
Sea stars are top predators in nearshore marine ecosystems. A disease that started in 2013 and 2014 changed sea star communities in Alaska.
Trash, especially plastic waste, is a serious concern in the world’s oceans. A marine debris clean-up was conducted in Kenai Fjords.
Invasive Species, Elodea
Elodea is an invasive water plant that can damage native ecosystems. We keep an eye out for this plant and are ready to act if we find it.
Marine and Coastal Issues
Many different issues are impacting Alaska's marine ecosystems and coastal resources, these impacts are both physical and biological.
Last updated: October 27, 2022