The quake has triggered a tsunami warning for a swath of coastal Alaska from Sand Point to Kodiak to Homer to Cordova, and prompted sirens to sound in communities as evacuations began.
The change is aimed at keeping the region’s sport harvest of chinook within a target allocation of 37,900 fish.
Alaska Department of Transportation spokesman Andy Mills said its contractor is waiting for special use permits to mark wetlands and identify cultural resources with the aid of a helicopter.
USGS biologist Sarah Schoen said the project started about five years ago when a major heat wave, known as “the blob,” hit the ocean. Around the same time, there was a die-off of an estimated million common murres — a northern seabird — from Alaska down to California.
The Ester Community Association is opposing the plan, saying it would have broad impacts on the many Fairbanks-area residents who come to enjoy the area’s underdeveloped forestland and maze of back trails.
The agency in 2016 declined to list the species as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
The bill emphasizes the need to consider the impacts of climate change on marine resources and would, for the first time, recognize the importance of subsistence fishing.
Mabel Baldwin-Schaeffer is the first tribal coordinator for the Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s communications program.
Industry experts say the timing for kelp farming fits well between pollock or salmon seasons.
They’ll use feedback from a newly released survey to help create a master plan.