Wrangell’s assembly has unanimously called on Canadian regulators to immediately pause permitting, development and expansion of mines upstream from Southeast Alaska’s waterways. It’s also asking the provincial government of British Columbia to permanently ban the practice of storing liquid mine waste behind earthen dams.
Nearly half this year’s haul, or 61 moose, came from Kupreanof Island.
While the closures are devastating for B.C., they shouldn’t move world markets.
Returns for most species are not meeting forecasts, which weren’t very high in the first place.
Officials from both Alaska and Canada presented findings from a joint water monitoring study on three transboundary rivers.
Southeast Alaska tribes, fishermen and others say that the Canadian mining sector enjoys economic benefits while those downstream bear the ecological risks.
Federal managers are warning that there may not be enough sockeye salmon to allow a full season of subsistence fishing on the Stikine River.
A new Forest Service proposal would let them try to stamp out water-based infestations of invasive plant species, which isn’t allowed under the current plan.
The U.S. Congress has appropriated more than $3.6 million to monitor transboundary watersheds and for diplomatic efforts in cross-border negotiations with Canada.
While most agree that protecting the salmon run up the nearby Stikine River is critical, the absence of Wrangell’s derby for the second straight year has left a king-salmon-sized hole in some hearts.