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Alaska’s Governor stops funding for cruise ships inspectors

Alaska’s Gov. Mike Dunleavy eliminated funding for on board cruise ship inspectors. The Ocean Rangers program was established by a ballot initiative and is paid by cruise ship passengers. As the Governor said, there are other mechanisms to ensure environmental conservation.

Alaskan Senator permanently reauthorizes oil spill fund

US Senator Dan Sullivan introduced the Spill Response and Prevention Surety Act, legislation to modify and permanently reauthorize the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund. The move coincides with the 30th anniversary of the sinking of the tanker Exxon Valdez.

Fishing vessel sinks in Seward Harbor, Alaska

The fishing vessel Nordic Viking that sank in Seward Harbor on December 9 caused oil spill in the area and the US Coast Guard is responsible for the clean-up procedures concerning fuel that was released. The factor remains unknown. The wildlife faces no hazards and further discharges haven’t been reported.

Northern Bering sea and Bering Strait threatened by increasing ship waste

The northern Bering Sea and Bering Strait region has been an ecological, cultural, and economic center for Yup’ik, Cup’ik, St. Lawrence Island Yupik, and Inupiaq peoples for millennia. Yet, recently, a combination of factors, including less sea ice and more trade and resource development, has resulted to an increased vessel traffic in the region led by huge cargo vessels, tugs, and research vessels, and is expected to continue growing.

Seafood processor fined for polluting Alaska waters

The US Department of Justice announced that the federal court in Washington sentenced East West Seafoods company to pay $50,000 in fines, for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, the Clean Water Act and the Refuse Act, by intentionally discharging oily bilge water into the ocean off Alaska, and then presenting false records to the USCG.

USCG authorizes transit plan for damaged tug

US Coast Guard approved a transit plan for the tug Samson Mariner to head south for repairs in Seattle with an escort tug and both departed Ketchikan on 22 February. The vessel ran aground on 15 February and released approximately 1,100 gallons of fuel in the vicinity of Rosa Reef in north Tongass Narrows, Alaska.

USCG responds to oil spill caused by grounding at Alaska

USCG, in partnership with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Southeast Alaska Petroleum Response Organization, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Alaska Commercial Divers continue their response to the tug boat Samson Mariner that ran aground and spilled fuel while towing a barge in the vicinity of Rosa Reef in north Tongass Narrows, Alaska.

Marine debris clean up barge arrives in Alaska

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation informed that a marine debris cleanup barge has arrived in Anchorage for offloading. The barge spent 40 days in Prince William Sound receiving tons of debris that had washed up on the shoreline.

Marine debris program receives fund for Alaska’s shoreline clean-up

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has received $950,000 for marine debris removal projects along the Gulf of Alaska shoreline. The funds were provided by the Government of Japan via the US National Oceanic and NOAA. Polystyrene foam, clearly identifiable as debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan, continues to be a substantial percentage of the marine debris found in Alaska

New Dispersant Use Plan for Alaska

The Coast Guard, a co-chair of the Alaska Regional Response Team (ARRT), in coordination with four other signatory agencies announced the new policy for the Dispersant Use Plan For Alaska, in Anchorage.

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