After threatened federal budget cuts, it’s an uncertain future for the Alaska Sea Grant and the Marine Advisory Program, whose sole representative in Nome is Gay Sheffield.
Commissioner Dr. Frances Gulland will give a talk Monday night on changes in marine mammal health.
Moose and walrus and bears, oh my! Out in the country and along the beaches, wildlife are out in spades and a few safety tips can go a long way.
The Corps plans a 2,100-foot extension of Nome’s causeway, the building of a new 450-foot dock, and expanding the port down to a depth of 28 feet.
The proposed habitat covers roughly 350,000 square miles along the Bering Strait and the northern Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas.
Lab results testing for oil on two seals recently harvested near Gambell have come back negative. The Coast Guard says there’s no conclusive report on the potential oil sighting in the water by Wales and Shishmaref.
Two seals recently harvested off Gambell were found coated with a dark oily substance. While the hunters on St. Lawrence Island believe it was oil on the animals’ coats, testing done by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has not confirmed that.
Seal pups are occupying beaches in greater numbers this year, due to a warm winter and earlier breakup of sea ice.
The assessment claims the impact will be minimal, and finds an increased Coast Guard presence will have “no significant adverse impacts” on water quality, arctic biology, cultural resources, and public safety.
In Thursday’s news: Illness affecting seals and walruses in Alaska in 2011 still being determined; Witnesses say pilot who disappeared in mid-October was last seen intoxicated…