Alaska Community Faced with Snow Crab Fallout

Over the last few years, 10 billion snow crabs have unexpectedly vanished from the Bering Sea. For her story, “A remote Alaska village depended on the snow crab harvest for survival. Then billions of crabs died.,” Julia O’Malley traveled there to find out what the Alaskan villagers of St. Paul Island might do next.

Grist, our media partner for the story, syndicated the story to both Anchorage Daily News and Alaska Public Media. The former saw over 9K pageviews.

Grist also syndicated the story to Wired through the Climate Desk collaboration. 

The story was also picked up by Rachel Carson Council in their Recent News blog.

On Twitter, the story was engaged with by Cara Cowen Watts (curator of Indian Country and Cherokee news, 3.2K followers), Humane Society Public Relations (8.5K followers), Eva Holland (Outside Magazine, 16.5K followers), Thea Lawton (Development professional in Native public media, 450 followers), Jennifer Galvin (scientist and filmmaker with social impact, 1.3K followers), Daniella Zalcman (Vietnamese-American photojournalist, 14.1K followers), Dan Brekke (editor and reporter KQED, 3.6K followers), Sara Gaiser (KQED senior editor, 3.3K followers), OptOut News (curated news from nonprofit media, 6.9K followers), Gana Kedlaya (environment reporter, 933 followers), DC Environmental Film Festival ( Inspiring stewardship of the earth through the power of film since 1993, 7.9K followers), and Bori Kiss (communications for Barnes Common (charity focused on nature reserves), 1.9K followers).

On Instagram, the story was engaged with by Daily Yonder (3.7K followers), Society of Environmental Journalists (1.9K followers), Tony Bynum (photographer, 19.7K followers), Nathaniel Wilder (photographer for this story, 11.5K followers), Alaska Current (collective of journalists, creatives and content creators, 322 followers), Root Kitchens (historic food for the modern world, 7.1K followers), Cook Inletkeeper (working since 1995 to protect the Cook Inlet watershed, 2.4K followers), Leigh Newman (writer, 2.6K followers), High Country News (17.4K followers), Northern Seitan Company (Alaska’s local source for plant-based meat 246 followers), Northern Lens Photography (Alaska-based real estate photography, 1.1K followers), Johnny’s Produce (Alaskan family-owned produce market, 5.3K followers), and Rachel Richardson (Alaskan ornithologist, 756 followers).

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