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Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve News

Showing the last 10 news releases. Click here to visit nps.gov's Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve - News section for more.

  • Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective June 18th, 2022

    June 17, 2022 | 3:55 pm

    Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Acting Superintendent Jake Ohlson announced today a 13-knot vessel speed limit near the entrance to the East Arm and midway up the West Arm.

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  • Nesting Bird Temporary Closure 2022

    April 29, 2022 | 9:53 am

    This notice is to inform visitors of temporary closures to foot traffic and minimum approach distance of 100 yards at four islands in Glacier Bay.

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  • Study Finds Sharp Decline in Alaska Humpback Whale Population Due to Marine Heatwave

    March 14, 2022 | 8:41 am

    A new study concludes that the humpback whale population in Southeast Alaska waters was disrupted by the massive and intense 2014-2016 Northeast Pacific marine heatwave – with lingering effects on the marine food-web.

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  • Glacier Bay Seeking Public Comment

    January 18, 2022 | 12:46 pm

    Glacier Bay is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the 2022 superintendent's compendium.

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  • Glacier Bay Seeks Input on Lodge Housing Replacement

    November 22, 2021 | 10:55 am

    Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment (EA) for a project that will replace employee housing used by the concessioner that operates the Glacier Bay Lodge. Public comment will be open from November 22 through December 21, 2021

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  • Whale Waters Update for Glacier bay Effective September 2, 2021

    September 1, 2021 | 11:59 am

    BARTLETT COVE, ALASKA – Today Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Superintendent Philip Hooge lifted the 13-knot speed limit in the mouth of the East Arm that had been implemented on July 10, 2021, to protect numerous feeding humpback whales. Whale observations over the past week indicate that few whales are now using those areas. This change will go into effect at 5:00 am Thursday, September 2.

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  • Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective August 21, 2021

    August 20, 2021 | 1:18 pm

    BARTLETT COVE, ALASKA – Today Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Superintendent Philip Hooge lifted the 13-knot speed limit in Whidbey Passage and Lower Glacier Bay that had been implemented to protect numerous feeding humpback whales.

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  • Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective July 31, 2021

    July 30, 2021 | 4:39 pm

    BARTLETT COVE, ALASKA – Today Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Deputy Superintendent Tom Schaff announced a 13-knot speed limit in Whidbey Passage to protect more than 20 humpback whales feeding there. This change will go into effect beginning at 5:00 AM Saturday, July 31, 2021.

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  • Whale Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective July 25, 2021

    July 24, 2021 | 11:57 am

    Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Deputy Superintendent Tom Schaff announced a 13-knot speed limit in the Lower Glacier Bay whale waters to protect at least 17 humpback whales feeding there. This change will go into effect beginning at 5:00 AM Sunday, July 25, 2021.

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  • Whales Waters Update for Glacier Bay Effective July 10, 2021

    July 9, 2021 | 3:07 pm

    Today, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Deputy Superintendent Tom Schaff announced an update to temporary whale waters to protect more than 30 humpback whales feeding at the entrance to the East Arm, particularly near Garforth Island and Sturgess Island. This notice removes the existing whale waters area at the entrance to the West Arm and modifies the 13-knot speed zone at the mouth of the East Arm. Three to four cow/calf pairs are frequenting this area and are more vulnerable to disturbance and collisions. These changes go into effect beginning at 5:00 AM Saturday, July 10, 2021.

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