Commercial crabbers in the Bering Strait Region are harvesting a new species of king crab this year following a change in state classification. The crab is a Hanasaki king crab, otherwise known as a “spiny” king crab. Seafood processors look forward to an expanded market and biologist await more accurate species data.
For the second year in a row, the number of walrus harvested for subsistence on St. Lawrence Island is far below normal.
The sea ice is gone; the Port of Nome is open; and today marks the first docking of the 2014 season.
The Bering Strait community of Savoonga, on St. Lawrence Island, landed its third whale of the season Monday, marking the first whale to be taken this year not from a hunting camp but by hunters in the village itself.
The Arctic Resource and Development Meeting in Gambell continued into its second day yesterday. With many players delayed or absent due to weather, the conversation took an international turn: oil spill coordination between U.S. and Russia.
Anna Rose travels to Gambell and shares a meal.
As Arctic shipping increases, communities in the Bering Strait region want to benefit from the growth while protecting their subsistence resources. Over the next two days, politicians and government agencies along with industry and community representatives will be meeting in Gambell to discuss how to make that happen.
Every year, athletes from across the Bering Straits Region compete in the Native Youth Olympics.
In Monday’s news: Nome Police investigate weekend collision that killed Savoonga man; Legislature moves through a minimum wage bill despite opposition from supporters of a similar…
In Friday’s news: The Nome Port Commission passes a 5% rate increase to cope with increased harbor use; A tax assistance group sends volunteers to Savoonga…