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.
North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower says supporting these gatherings of Inuit people are critical for cultural exchange and preserving kinship.
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.