“I just don’t see this as a benefit to the port in any way,” said Harbormaster Lucas Stotts regarding some of the proposed changes.
“The very agencies that supported this effort are now finding themselves in disagreement on how to enact (it),” Charlie Lean said regarding the new hunting restrictions.
The Port Commission is focused on ongoing engineering projects this summer, including Snake River dredging and the development of the Thornbush Subdivision.
For an undisclosed amount of money, Gold Leaf Placer directly bought Placer Marine Mining and acquired 56% of Nome’s offshore mining leases. Even though this means fewer leases are available for other miners in Nome, General Manager Andrew Lee says smaller mining operations can’t mine in these leases’ depths, anyway.
The most contentious new rule requires caribou hunters to carry a harvest ticket with them while hunting. That’s according to Charlie Lean, chair of the Northern Norton Sound Advisory Committee.
The Arctic is set to see its first large cruise ship this summer, but Nome and many other communities along its route may not be ready for a major disaster at sea.
The Port Commission’s rainy day fund is shrinking, while potential maintenance issues loom on the horizon.
Updating and streamlining the strategic plan for Nome’s port expansion was the theme of the hour-long work session that preceded last week’s Port Commission meeting.
“This is a hard pill to swallow, but it’s a matter of sharing the burden of conservation between all areas and being proactive before it reaches a real crisis,” said Charlie Lean.
The group supported all but the moose proposal, which would reauthorize the option for a cow moose hunt in Units 22C and 22D.