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.
- Lobaugh wrote in a report released Tuesday that the video showed Wilson held his cellphone about one to two feet away from the hemline of the aide’s skirt for four seconds.
- Chilkoot Indian Association members would like to see more Native art made by Native people for sale and on display in Haines. And they’d like to see less Native-style art made by people who aren’t tribal members.
- Peterson wrote that it is unlikely the state will be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Wilson acted with the specific intent to harass or annoy Herz.
- The team's job is to come up with recommendations for how Alaska should deal with climate change.