Communities near the Bering Strait now have access to a new teaching tool and will be able to share information with various organizations and agencies about threats to arctic marine life, such as oil spills. The Bering Strait Response Teaching Tool is now available online, thanks to a University of Alaska Anchorage student and the Defenders of Wildlife organization.
Thousands of vessels move through Alaska’s waters every year. If something goes awry, their cargo and fuel could end up in the ocean. Cleanup efforts for past groundings near Unalaska have proven difficult and costly. But how ready is the state for disaster?
The Coast Guard recently opened 20 new housing units on base Kodiak. The last neighborhood the Coast Guard built on the island was Aviation Hill between the late ’90s and 2003, said U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Brian Chambers, who heads the personnel department.