The crash has pushed the crab fleet farther north while forcing places like St. Paul to consider major budget shortfalls.
The number of northern fur seals in the Bering Sea has dropped by around 70% since the 1970s.
A bill protecting the graves of Unangax̂ people forced to live in internment camps in Funter Bay has passed the Alaska Legislature and awaits Gov. Dunleavy’s signature.
Fuel rationing in the Pribilof Island community of St. Paul ended last week after more than a month and a half of restrictions for residents and fishermen.
The bill would add about 251 acres of state land, including the cemetery, to Funter Bay State Marine Park. It heads to the state Senate next.
St. Paul has implemented a two-week hunker-down order after officials confirmed the island’s first case of COVID-19 Wednesday.
The remote island of 375 residents has been expecting its fuel barge for more than two months, but it hasn’t arrived.
The project is meant to create a space — amidst the coronavirus pandemic — where different generations of Alaska Natives can safely connect, according to APIA Youth Services coordinator Jenna Larson.
Indian Health Services has allocated 1,100 doses of the Moderna vaccine to the region, to date. Seven hundred have arrived, and 400 are still on the way.
Adding the cemetery to Funter Bay State Marine Park would mean the land couldn’t be sold or developed, and people would always be able to care for the cemetery.