MARINE PROGRAM

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Kawerak, Inc.
    P.O. Box 948
    Nome, AK 99762

  • 907.443.4368
    907.443.4262
  • 907.443.4458
  • marine@kawerak.org
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“Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment

Finding of No Significant Impact and Port of Nome Modification

Press Release

The Alaska District, United States Army Corps of Engineers Publishes Revised Draft Port of Nome Modification

As the Arctic becomes warmer, new threats are emerging in this fast-paced era of global change.  Kawerak encourages the public to comment on the “Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment” draft, and the “Finding of No Significant Impact and Port of Nome Modification” draft released by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

The Kawerak Marine Program hosted multiple workshops regarding the challenges and concerns regarding marine traffic and shipping. The workshops, attended by Bering Strait Region community members, have repetitively revealed the following themes concerning vessel traffic:

  1. There should be no discharge into our ancestral waters
  2. The potential impacts from an oil spill are of great concern
  3. Shipping should not impact marine wildlife

The Port of Nome Modification Feasibility study is 792 pages which include the Draft Report, and 404 (b) (1), Geotechnical, Hydraulic, Economics, Cost Engineering, Real Estate, Correspondence, Essential Fish Habitat Determination, and FWS Letter appendices.

Links to the study are  listed above.

“Marine mammals, especially seals, tend to congregate around the Port of Nome causeway and breakwater in the fall, and the Outer Basin is a popular place for subsistence hunters (Kawerak, Inc., 2017).”

Page 67, Port of Nome Modification Feasibility Study Nome, Alaska

Marine Program

Kawerak was awarded funds from The Oak Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts to address potential impacts related to increased marine shipping on individuals, subsistence resources and the environment within our region. Numerous tribal, environmental, state, federal, and international interests have undertaken action and discussions to address the impacts of global climate change and increased marine shipping in the Arctic. Arctic marine transits have increased in the last decade through ice free Arctic waters to transport resources and people from all parts of the globe. Kawerak must engage in these important discussions due to the potential impacts to our way of life. Subsistence resources, the environment, and culture are vital aspects of Alaska’s first people and the public at large. Kawerak’s Marine Program will advocate for local priorities and propose actions to minimize negative impacts of increased shipping in the Bering and Chukchi Seas. The Kawerak Marine Program is staffed by Austin Ahmasuk, Marine Advocate.

Resources & Documents

DOWNLOADS

LINKS

Notice of Availability (NOA) of the 2019-2024 Draft Proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program
https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=BOEM-2017-0074

Oil Spill Response: Bering Strait Response Teaching Tool
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjlVUMJr_98&feature=youtu.be

Open Comment Period for New 5-Year National Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program
https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/president-trump-and-secretary-zinke-open-comment-period-new-5-year-national-offshore

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Oil and Gas Leasing options for the Outer Continental Shelf Federal Register Request for Comments
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/03/2017-13998/request-for-information-and-comments-on-the-preparation-of-the-2019-2024-national-outer-continental

Shell ends offshore drilling in Alaska
http://money.cnn.com/2015/09/28/news/companies/shell-ends-offshore-alaska-drilling/index.html

Shell: Arctic exploration just didn’t work out
http://www.adn.com/article/20151103/shell-arctic-exploration-just-didnt-work-out

Shell leaves door open for future exploration in Alaska’s Arctic
http://www.adn.com/article/20151102/shell-leaves-door-open-future-exploration-alaskas-arctic

DOWNLOADS

Bering Strait Voices on Arctic Shipping Report 2016

Bering Strait Voices on Arctic Shipping Final Report 2014

USCG PARS comment letter 5-30-2017

US Coast Guard Port Access Route Study

Kawerak Comment Letter 6-1-2015

Kawerak Coment Letter 1-5-2015 (PARS study)

LINKS

“Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment”
https://www.poa.usace.army.mil/Portals/34/docs/civilworks/publicreview/portofnome/IFREADraft6May2019MasterDraftFinal.pdf?ver=2019-05-07-193529-953

“Finding of No Significant Impact and Port of Nome Modification”
https://www.poa.usace.army.mil/Library/Reports-and-Studies/

Alternative Planning Criteria : Following the publication of the Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) National Guidelines for Vessel Response Plans, the Coast Guard’s 17th District has developed initial interim guidance as vessel owners/operators and APC administrators develop and renew alternatives.  The below document identifies areas for consideration as alternatives are submitted for operation in Alaska.
http://www.pacificarea.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/District-17/Alternative-Planning-Criteria/

Coast Guard studies shipping lanes for Bering Sea routes
http://www.adn.com/article/20151117/coast-guard-studies-shipping-lanes-bering-sea-routes

As warming leads to more Bering Strait vessel traffic, Coast Guard studies shipping lanes
http://www.theprovince.com/business/fp/warming+leads+more+bering+strait+vessel+
traffic+coast+guard/11522984/story.html

Impacts and solutions for increased shipping in the Bering Strait
http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/multimedia/video/2014/impacts-and-solutions-for-increased-shipping-in-the-bering-strait

A Bering Strait vessel traffic service: Critical infrastructure for an opening Arctic (Part I)
http://www.thearcticinstitute.org/2012/02/1278-bering-strait-vessel-trafc-service.html

Vessels, risks, and rules: Planning for safe shipping in Bering Strait
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308597X14002012

First ship routes recommended for the Bering Strait
http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/analysis/2014/12/05/first-ship-routes-recommended-for-the-bering-strait

Coast Guard proposes Bering Straits shipping route
http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/12/05/coast-guard-proposes-bering-straits-shipping-route.html

Maritime Symposium addresses increased Bering Strait ship traffic
http://seagrant.uaf.edu/news/2013/docs/sheffield-bering-strait-symposium-nome-nugget-2013-02-14.pdf

Bering Strait ship traffic grows, with Russia leading way and Alaska lagging
http://www.adn.com/article/20130714/bering-strait-ship-traffic-grows-russia-leading-way-and-alaska-lagging

Coast Guard proposes shipping lanes through Alaska’s Bering Strait
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/coast-guard-proposes-shipping-lanes-through-alaskas-bering-strait-n262831

Why the Bering Strait is under siege
http://www.livescience.com/37576-bering-strait-threats.html

Emergency Contact Information

US Coast Guard, National Response Center
(Oil spill/chemical spill/maritime security)
1-800-424-8802
USCG, Maritime emergency in State 1-800-478-5555 or 1-888-399-5555
Maritime emergency Nationwide & International 1-907-463-2000
Emergency VHF-FM Channel 16
Emergency HF 2183.4 (2182) and 4126.4 (4125)
Telex 496115066
Easylink 62907427
State of Alaska, Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
(Protect lives and property from terrorism and all other hazards)
1-907-428-000, 1-877-242-5643
State of Alaska, Alaska State Troopers – Nome
Search & Rescue
1-907-443-2835
Port of Nome 1-907-443-6619
Capt of the Port, Western Alaska 1-907-428-4200
USCG Homeland security – Radio information for boaters (incl. frequencies) http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=mtBoater
NOAA NMFS (Marine mammal stranding) 1-877-925-7773
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“Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment

Finding of No Significant Impact and Port of Nome Modification

Press Release

The Alaska District, United States Army Corps of Engineers Publishes Revised Draft Port of Nome Modification

As the Arctic becomes warmer, new threats are emerging in this fast-paced era of global change.  Kawerak encourages the public to comment on the “Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment” draft, and the “Finding of No Significant Impact and Port of Nome Modification” draft released by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

The Kawerak Marine Program hosted multiple workshops regarding the challenges and concerns regarding marine traffic and shipping. The workshops, attended by Bering Strait Region community members, have repetitively revealed the following themes concerning vessel traffic:

  1. There should be no discharge into our ancestral waters
  2. The potential impacts from an oil spill are of great concern
  3. Shipping should not impact marine wildlife

The Port of Nome Modification Feasibility study is 792 pages which include the Draft Report, and 404 (b) (1), Geotechnical, Hydraulic, Economics, Cost Engineering, Real Estate, Correspondence, Essential Fish Habitat Determination, and FWS Letter appendices.

Links to the study are  listed above.

“Marine mammals, especially seals, tend to congregate around the Port of Nome causeway and breakwater in the fall, and the Outer Basin is a popular place for subsistence hunters (Kawerak, Inc., 2017).”

Page 67, Port of Nome Modification Feasibility Study Nome, Alaska

Marine Program

Kawerak was awarded funds from The Oak Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts to address potential impacts related to increased marine shipping on individuals, subsistence resources and the environment within our region. Numerous tribal, environmental, state, federal, and international interests have undertaken action and discussions to address the impacts of global climate change and increased marine shipping in the Arctic. Arctic marine transits have increased in the last decade through ice free Arctic waters to transport resources and people from all parts of the globe. Kawerak must engage in these important discussions due to the potential impacts to our way of life. Subsistence resources, the environment, and culture are vital aspects of Alaska’s first people and the public at large. Kawerak’s Marine Program will advocate for local priorities and propose actions to minimize negative impacts of increased shipping in the Bering and Chukchi Seas. The Kawerak Marine Program is staffed by Austin Ahmasuk, Marine Advocate.

Resources & Documents

DOWNLOADS

LINKS

Notice of Availability (NOA) of the 2019-2024 Draft Proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program
https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=BOEM-2017-0074

Oil Spill Response: Bering Strait Response Teaching Tool
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjlVUMJr_98&feature=youtu.be

Open Comment Period for New 5-Year National Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program
https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/president-trump-and-secretary-zinke-open-comment-period-new-5-year-national-offshore

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Oil and Gas Leasing options for the Outer Continental Shelf Federal Register Request for Comments
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/03/2017-13998/request-for-information-and-comments-on-the-preparation-of-the-2019-2024-national-outer-continental

Shell ends offshore drilling in Alaska
http://money.cnn.com/2015/09/28/news/companies/shell-ends-offshore-alaska-drilling/index.html

Shell: Arctic exploration just didn’t work out
http://www.adn.com/article/20151103/shell-arctic-exploration-just-didnt-work-out

Shell leaves door open for future exploration in Alaska’s Arctic
http://www.adn.com/article/20151102/shell-leaves-door-open-future-exploration-alaskas-arctic

DOWNLOADS

Bering Strait Voices on Arctic Shipping Report 2016

Bering Strait Voices on Arctic Shipping Final Report 2014

USCG PARS comment letter 5-30-2017

US Coast Guard Port Access Route Study

Kawerak Comment Letter 6-1-2015

Kawerak Coment Letter 1-5-2015 (PARS study)

LINKS

“Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment”
https://www.poa.usace.army.mil/Portals/34/docs/civilworks/publicreview/portofnome/IFREADraft6May2019MasterDraftFinal.pdf?ver=2019-05-07-193529-953

“Finding of No Significant Impact and Port of Nome Modification”
https://www.poa.usace.army.mil/Library/Reports-and-Studies/

Alternative Planning Criteria : Following the publication of the Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) National Guidelines for Vessel Response Plans, the Coast Guard’s 17th District has developed initial interim guidance as vessel owners/operators and APC administrators develop and renew alternatives.  The below document identifies areas for consideration as alternatives are submitted for operation in Alaska.
http://www.pacificarea.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/District-17/Alternative-Planning-Criteria/

Coast Guard studies shipping lanes for Bering Sea routes
http://www.adn.com/article/20151117/coast-guard-studies-shipping-lanes-bering-sea-routes

As warming leads to more Bering Strait vessel traffic, Coast Guard studies shipping lanes
http://www.theprovince.com/business/fp/warming+leads+more+bering+strait+vessel+
traffic+coast+guard/11522984/story.html

Impacts and solutions for increased shipping in the Bering Strait
http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/multimedia/video/2014/impacts-and-solutions-for-increased-shipping-in-the-bering-strait

A Bering Strait vessel traffic service: Critical infrastructure for an opening Arctic (Part I)
http://www.thearcticinstitute.org/2012/02/1278-bering-strait-vessel-trafc-service.html

Vessels, risks, and rules: Planning for safe shipping in Bering Strait
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308597X14002012

First ship routes recommended for the Bering Strait
http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/analysis/2014/12/05/first-ship-routes-recommended-for-the-bering-strait

Coast Guard proposes Bering Straits shipping route
http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/12/05/coast-guard-proposes-bering-straits-shipping-route.html

Maritime Symposium addresses increased Bering Strait ship traffic
http://seagrant.uaf.edu/news/2013/docs/sheffield-bering-strait-symposium-nome-nugget-2013-02-14.pdf

Bering Strait ship traffic grows, with Russia leading way and Alaska lagging
http://www.adn.com/article/20130714/bering-strait-ship-traffic-grows-russia-leading-way-and-alaska-lagging

Coast Guard proposes shipping lanes through Alaska’s Bering Strait
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/coast-guard-proposes-shipping-lanes-through-alaskas-bering-strait-n262831

Why the Bering Strait is under siege
http://www.livescience.com/37576-bering-strait-threats.html

Emergency Contact Information

US Coast Guard, National Response Center
(Oil spill/chemical spill/maritime security)
1-800-424-8802
USCG, Maritime emergency in State 1-800-478-5555 or 1-888-399-5555
Maritime emergency Nationwide & International 1-907-463-2000
Emergency VHF-FM Channel 16
Emergency HF 2183.4 (2182) and 4126.4 (4125)
Telex 496115066
Easylink 62907427
State of Alaska, Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
(Protect lives and property from terrorism and all other hazards)
1-907-428-000, 1-877-242-5643
State of Alaska, Alaska State Troopers – Nome
Search & Rescue
1-907-443-2835
Port of Nome 1-907-443-6619
Capt of the Port, Western Alaska 1-907-428-4200
USCG Homeland security – Radio information for boaters (incl. frequencies) http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=mtBoater
NOAA NMFS (Marine mammal stranding) 1-877-925-7773

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Kawerak, Inc.
    P.O. Box 948
    Nome, AK 99762

  • 907.443.4368
    907.443.4262
  • 907.443.4458
  • marine@kawerak.org