A long-term research study is tracking the eulachon populations across Southeast Alaska to better understand and protect the species.
Haines Tourism Director Steven Auch estimates the activity is at about a quarter of a typical year.
The 80 passengers aboard the relatively small American Constellation spent Friday in Skagway, then Saturday touring Haines.
Last summer, the Canadian metals company employed about 60 people, roughly half of them locals. This year, it has just one full-time and three part-time employees.
A state agency asked Constantine to complete a study to see if water from its discharge sites will move to nearby surface waters.
There’s no mine yet at the Palmer Project site. But a small cadre of scientists live there for half the year, looking for minerals.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has approved a waste management permit for a controversial mineral exploration project near the communities of Klukwan and Haines.
A federal judge ruled in March that the Bureau of Land Management doesn’t have to consider future mine impacts when permitting for exploration.
American Rivers, a national advocacy group opposed to mining and energy development in wilderness areas, says the two Southeast Alaska rivers are “at a crossroads.”
Eagles flocked to the Chilkat River near Haines and Klukwan in great numbers this year. But the number of human visitors coming to see them was way down.