Dune Lankard with the Center for Biological Diversity says the Center was disappointed with NOAA’s announcement regarding Iliamna Lake seals not warranting listing as an endangered species — but, it has not yet decided how it will respond.
“The conversation was about climate change, the effect on the ice, on the sea ice, on the permafrost, on what animals live there,” Nome mayor Richard Beneville said of last week’s Arctic Science Ministerial.
The proposed habitat covers roughly 350,000 square miles along the Bering Strait and the northern Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association is working to protect a “critical habitat” for the Arctic ringed seal, a threatened species native to Alaskan waters.
One of only two National Weather Service stations in Alaska that stills has forecasters read and record the weather for broadcast, this week an automated system takes over at Nome’s weather service.
In Tuesday’s news: Alaska voters decide today on coastal management initiative, primary for House District 39; The Arctic Imperative Summit closes with discussion on Bering Sea…
A low front from Siberia brings strong winds, high water, and rain to the Seward Peninsula/Norton Sound; a Navy SEAL with Aniak roots publishes a book about his experiences in the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden; initial drill results at a graphite deposit 40 miles north of Nome could be “one of the most significant” graphite resources in the world; U.S. Senator Mark Begich to introduce legislation creating a national seafood marketing effort; NOAA charges American Seafoods with 39 violations of Magnuson-Stevens Act for fish fraud; Alaska State Museum seeks entries for biennial exhibition on Alaskan photography
In Tuesday’s news: The Center for Biological Diversity Alaska plans to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service for failing to list ringed and bearded seals as…