Mariza Tovar is putting together a tarot deck filled with humpback whales, grizzly bears, red-faced cormorants and sea kelp.
The timing of two of the appointments — along with the COVID-19 emergency — makes it possible that the appointees could set policy for Alaska’s commercial, sport and subsistence fisheries without first being confirmed by lawmakers.
The potential lease sale would cover about one million acres of the inlet and would be held next year.
Biologists are tracking some unusual stranding events around Sitka this summer, and hoping to learn more about what brought about the deaths of two killer whales, and what has made a sea lion gravely ill.
The 150-foot vessel belongs to Northline Seafoods and is worth $7 million. It was beached near Ekuk, a fishing community south of Dillingham.
“Everything is so unknown,” said Meta Mesdag, the owner of Salty Lady Seafood Co.
Fish and Game said 2020 is ‘definitely a historic, very poor pink salmon harvest.’
The state pathologist says they will process samples from the two dead whales to confirm things like species and sex, but they likely won’t be able to determine cause of death.
NOAA says the debris may have been released in one place and time.
Samples from the dead sea lion were shipped off island to the state pathologist, who will do a full workup