National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, or NOAA Fisheries, in conjunction with two other Alaska entities, is conducting a survey of beluga whales in Norton Sound.
Surveys of this area’s beluga whale population have not been taken since the year 2000.
The Alaska Beluga Whale Committee, the North Slope Borough, and NOAA Fisheries’ Alaska Fisheries Science Center are doing aerial surveys of the Eastern Bering Sea as well as near the Yukon River Delta until June 29.
Updated population information on beluga whales will help managers and subsistence users recognize trends to help maintain a “healthy beluga whale population,” according to a news release from NOAA.
Pilots and the team of surveyors began by flying out of Nome on Friday with aircraft from Clearwater Air.
- The Assembly’s grant to the Juneau Housing First Collaborative brings them closer to expanding. The collaborative wants to more than double its capacity to provide permanent, supportive housing for the homeless.
- The changes came two days after the release of a report that found Alaska’s only state-run psychiatric hospital is an unsafe place to work.
- The Alaska State Troopers say they’ll guarantee that there is an officer or trooper in any courtroom where they’re requested.
- An army of citizen scientists assembled along Turnagain Arm Saturday to count endangered belugas near Anchorage.