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…
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
The Alaska Nanuuq Commission and the US Department of Fish and Wildlife were in Shishmaref Friday to detail a new international quota for subsistence hunting of polar bears in the Bering and Chukchi Seas.
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…