Friday, 28th of September, 2012
Bioneers: Traditional Ecological Knowledge
The Story of Salmon: A Native Salmon Workshop, Feast & Experience
Join us for a full-day immersion into the science, knowledge, stories and practices of California and Alaskan Natives working to protect their traditional salmon cultures, populations and habitats. Participants and students will receive an intimate educational experience with tribal cultural leaders imparting Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) practices of Bay Area and Alaskan Native salmon cultures.
Click here for the flyer (PDF)
Tuesday, 14th of February, 2012
CONTACT: Gwen Dobbs, Alaska Wilderness League, 202-266-0418
Should the President Trust Shell to Drill in the Arctic Ocean this Summer?
Join the boat tour to see the drill rig
SEATTLE – As President Obama makes his way to Seattle this week, Alaska Wilderness League is inviting all interested press to jump onboard a harbor tour of the Kulluk, the floating drill rig that Royal Dutch Shell plans to drill in the Beaufort Sea right off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this summer.
Tour participants will travel via boat to Vigor Shipyards in order to view the Kulluk – which Shell has proclaimed is in drill-ready condition, despite obvious signs of corrosion, a lack of necessary upgrades and little public information about the ship’s current condition. Meanwhile, on board, experts will be available to discuss why President Obama must stop Shell from moving forward with drilling in the Arctic’s Chukchi and Beaufort Seas – home to the Inupiat people, polar bears, ice seals, walrus, millions of birds and much more.
Despite reports of numerous upgrades to prepare the Kulluk for drilling in the Arctic’s extreme conditions, Shell has failed to make any of this information public. Tour participants will have an opportunity to see for themselves: Is this monstrous rig, that hasn’t drilled a well in 18 years, ready for sea ice up to 25 feet thick, hurricane-force storms and sub-zero temperatures?
The Obama administration has made a series of decisions to allow Shell to move forward with the most aggressive Arctic drilling plan in history, without a proven plan to clean up an oil spill in the Arctic’s extreme conditions, and with limited information about this abundant, fragile marine environment. However, President Obama still has the ability to stop the next oil spill disaster by not allowing Shell to drill this summer.
WHAT: Boat Tour to view the Kulluk Drill Rig
WHO: Members of the press, Captain Jerry Adams, Layla Hughes, Senior Program Officer – Oil, Gas and Marine Shipping for the World Wildlife Fund-US Arctic Program
WHERE: Bell Harbor Marina, Bell Street Pier/Pier 66, 2203 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121
Meet at the fountain that is shaped like a fish, which is directly outside of the marina’s gate. The gate will be locked and Captain Jerry Adams will meet the tour’s participants there to let the group in.
WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
DIRECTIONS AND PARKING: Closest parking garage is located at Pier 66 Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal Parking, 9 Wall Street, Seattle, WA 98121. There is also metered parking available in front of the marina. Directions to the marina are available online here.
OTHER: Rain or shine – please bring rain jackets and warm hats.
Friday, 20th of January, 2012
Marine Stewardship Council losing ground with wild salmon fisheries
by Margaret Bauman
Eight major primary processors of wild Alaska salmon are phasing out their financing of the Marine Stewardship Council salmon certification program, prompting a decision by the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation to continue its support only through Oct. 29.
Friday, 18th of November
Sarah Agnus James, Chairperson, Gwich’in Steering Committee
Testimony before the House Committe on Natural Resourses
Oversight Hearing on "ANWR: Jobs, Energy and Deficit Reduction"
The Gwich’in are caribou people. Caribou is our main food, it is in our tools and clothes and songs and stories and beadwork. We have lived right here with the caribou for hundreds of generations and will stay right far into the future. There are maybe 7,000 of us, mostly living in 15 small communities and villages scattered across northeast Alaska and the northwest corner of Canada. We are among the most remote and most traditional people in America.
The question of oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is not just about money and oil. It is about the most basic human rights of the Gwich’in.
For the Gwich’in, this is a simple issue:
Oil development in the birthplace and nursery grounds of the Porcupine (River) Caribou Herd would hurt the caribou and threaten the culture and way of life of my people and the viability of our communities.
Sunday, 29th of October, 2011
Cordova Report: 350 Attend Potlatch Gathering
Before snow clung to the ground in Cordova this year, a memorial potlatch was hosted to honor and celebrate the lives of Stella and Bud Janson. Most recently missed Stella was a long time patron of arts and culture, especially Alaska Native dancing. What made the event most notable was that it marked the first Tlingit-hosted potlatch in Cordova in the last one hundred years. The date of this momentous event was October 29, 2011.
Friday, 23rd of September, 2011
Share your Voice! Revised Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) - Public comment period is open until November 15, 2011 - http://arctic.fws.gov/ccp.htm
The most useful comments will be specific to the CCP and will avoid general statements. Tell them what you do or do not like about a particular part of the plan. If there is something you do not like, please let them know how you would change it. Be specific! List important points they may have missed.
Submit comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Arctic NWR - Sharon Seim
101 12th Ave., Rm 236
Fairbanks AK 99701
or by fax to 907-456-0428
Friday, 5th of August, 2011
Regarding the decision to allow Shell's exploration and drilling in Alaska's Beaufort Sea, here's a quote from our fav attorney working on the case for the opposition, Peter.
"...So this is the big vision of our leaders – take action that won’t have any meaningful influence on gas prices even if oil gets produced in a decade or two, and rally for more risky, polluting fossil fuel jobs. Yeeha, let’s rally around that!"
He also underlines this horrifying truth:
"Neither Shell nor the United States is prepared for the consequences of drilling in the Arctic. Shell’s spill response plans are not even close to sufficient, and everyone knows it. As the USGeological Service confirmed, and all the experts worth their salt admit, we don’t have enough information to make informed decisions about the consequences of drilling in the Arctic. We don’t even have baseline info to know the full scope of what is at risk.
N.Y. Times Article
Wednesday, 27th of July, 2011
URGENT UPDATE | Shepard Pointless!
Yet again we must alert the local and regional community which has come out time and time again against this proposed bad port project.
During our ongoing due diligence, we recently found a new twist has been thrown into the mix. The Native Village of Eyak jumped over the government agencies it had been working with (Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of Transportation) and has begun working with a division of Department of Transportation called the Western Federal Lands Highway Division.
Tuesday, 5th of July , 2011
Cordova City Council to sell pristine waterfront property to oil and natural gas provider, AIGCO
Fleming Spit was also was a proposed location for the Cordova oil spill response facility, but was made “unavailable” by the Cordova City Council.
On Tuesday, June 28th at a city council hearing, the City Council of Cordova voted 6 to 2, to sell a prime oceanfront property to an oil and natural gas provider, for the purpose of supplying natural gas to Cordova.
Tuseday, 29th of February , 2011
Dune wins a Seafood Champion Award from Seaweb
Dune and Carol attended the International Boston Seafood Show where many of the biggest seafood and processing companies in the world show off their seafood products, and share their seafood handling, processing and tracability equipment. Dune was honored by receiving Seaweb’s Seafood Champion award. The annual Seafood Champion Awards are presented to those who have made significant strides in improving practices and awareness of sustainable seafood.
- SeaWeb article
- Cordova Times article