NOAA recently designated Kachemak Bay a 'Habitat Focus Area'. KBay is in our backyard, and Cook Inletkeeper works with all of our members and partners to protect our clean water and healthy salmon throughout the Bay and Cook Inlet.
Last week Rachel, Will and I attended the three-day 2014 Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle. Commercial fishermen from nearly every Alaskan fishery, support industry representatives, government agencies and non-profit organizations migrate to this annual event.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy & Management (BOEM) is moving forward with plans to lease 1.17 million acres of federal waters in Lower Cook Inlet for oil and gas exploration. This rich and productive area supports valuable commercial, sport and subsistence fisheries, and provides critical habitat for whales and other marine mammals, including the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale.
In 2010, large vessels transported nearly 450 million gallons of crude oil and 575 million gallons of ‘non-persistent’ oil (i.e. gasoline & light diesel) through Cook Inlet waters. The HRC has the potential to be a non-regulatory arena where all voices can come to the table in an organized manner to ensure best practices and pro-active measures are taken to protect Cook Inlet into the future. Inletkeeper looks forward to participating in this effort with a solution-oriented approach in line with our mission: Protect Cook Inlet and the life it sustains.