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Alaska State Troopers say six fishing vessels were seized after their operators were discovered this month drifting gillnets one to two nautical miles outside an open fishing area in Kulukak Bay in Southwest Alaska.

Jerzy Shedlock
Like many Arctic villages, the Brooks Range community of about 300 is in need of housing. At a recent meeting residents, engineers and officials talked about the prospect of building a new subdivision, with new streets and homes.Jillian Rogers
Despite early season salmon restrictions, Yup’ik fish camps bustle with activity as families harvest food for the winter.Lisa Demer
After the death of village public safety officer Thomas Madole, the Alaska Legislature voted unanimously to allow Native associations to let the officers carry handguns. The bill was signed into law Friday in Naknek by Gov. Sean Parnell. Pat Forgey
The king salmon’s disappearance is an ecological mystery as cryptic as it is alarming, and for the villages that dot the banks of the 2,200-mile-long Yukon River, the salmon’s absence hasn’t just eroded fishing culture. It’s strained local health and prosperity.Ben Goldfarb
After a brief interruption in passenger air service, officials and residents on the Bering Strait island of Little Diomede were awaiting news that joint state and federal funding had gone through and flights to the community could resume.Tegan Hanlon
But the prized fish still won't be bound for drying racks, freezers or dinner tables.Jill Burke
Alaska's bearded seals, animals with distinctive whiskers and a penchant for floating alone on pieces of drifting Arctic sea ice, were improperly granted threatened-species status in 2012 by the federal government, a judge ruled Friday Yereth Rosen
A well blowout, pipeline breach or vessel accident in the Canadian Beaufort Sea could spew spilled oil westward for months, polluting waters off Alaska and soiling habitat used by whales, seals and migrating seabirds, according to a study released Friday by the World Wildlife Fund.Yereth Rosen
A long-standing rule that aims to quash oil spills in Canada's Arctic -- and which is being eyed by U.S. officials as a potential model to follow -- is being challenged by oil companies exploring the area.Yereth Rosen

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