I received this email from CDFU Cordova District Fishermen United and it looks like the Navy is going to try and screw up the Gulf of Alaska
Members of the fleet,
CDFU, and 35 other Alaska organizations, commented to strongly oppose the proposed Navy training activities in the Gulf of Alaska, however unfortunately the State has found that the impact from these activities is too small to worry about (and that they are virtually safe) - "De Minimis".
The proposed activities will include mid-frequency sonar testing (not harmful to whales, but the impacts to fish migration is unknown), dropping chemical laden missiles and detonating toxic bombs in the Gulf (off the coast of Seward, in a south-east trapezoid area). The activities will be conducted during the summertime, and CDFU commented that in addition to the unknown harmful effects on migrating fish species, and the contamination resulting from the weapon debris, the activities would be disruptive to summer fishing practices.
There were an impressive list of organizations that also opposed this training:
Rob Cadmus - SEACC, Juneau
Michele Metz - Sealaska Corporation, Juneau
Marianne Jacobs - CCTHITA, Juneau
Jane Gabler Kenai Peninsula Borough
Bob Shavelson Cook Inlet Keeper
Jennifer Gibbons Prince William Sound Keeper
Brenda Trefon - Kenaitze Indian Tribe
Cinthia Ritchie Seward Pheonix Log
Dan Nelson Kenai River Center
Gary Porter Bald Mountain Scientific
Mark Luttrell Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance
Matt Grey Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance
Russ Maddox Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance
Robert Baldwin Friends of Cooper Landing
Violet Yeaton Port Graham VM Council
Randi Iverson Alaskas Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge
Laurie Herman Port of Anchorage
Harbormaster City of Whittier
John Janik, Interim City Manager, Whittier
Blake Kowal Cook Inlet Region, Inc
Cindi Bettin CIRI Holly Kent Anchorage Waterways Council
Jeff Urbanus Municipality of Anchorage
Jill Galbraith Loussac Library
Kim Cunningham Cook Inlet Region, Inc.
June McAtee Calista Corporation
Niko Pastos Alaska Intertribal Council
Ralph Anderson Bristol Bay Native Association
Tom Hawkins Bristol Bay Native Corporation
Tammy Stromberg City of Akutan
Mike Lynch Horizon Lines Wendy Varny - Ounalashka Corp
Paul Roehl BB Native Corporation
Tom Hawkins BB Native Corporation
Rick Rogers Chugach Alaska Corporation
Rochelle Van Den Broek Cordova District Fisherman United
Charlie Powers Koniag, Inc. G.
Kevin VanHatten Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
Rita Stevens Kodiak Area Native Association
Bud Cassidy Kodiak Island Borough
David Sulac Bristol Bay Borough
Catherine Inman Wasilla Soil & Water Conservation District
Garvan Bucaria Wasilla
Hazel Felton Cook Inlet Region, Inc.
Jim Arnesen Eklutna, Inc.
Kristie May Renfrew USSWCD
Valerie Conner Alaska Center for the Environment
Administrator - Native Village of Eklutna
Diane Kinney Port of Operations, Valdez
Sarah VonBargen Harbormasters Office, Valdez
Chief Pat Norman Port Graham Village Council
Keith Rountree MatSu Borough
Gary Hennigh City Manager, King Cove Planning
Director - City of Unalaska
Office of the Mayor City of Cordova
Subject: Gulf of Alaska (US Navy Training Activities) - AK1008-10J: De Minimis Determination Response - Agreement
I have completed the ACMP review of the US Navys De Minimis Determination for the project identified as Gulf of Alaska (US Navy Training Activities), AK 1008-10J: US Navy - Applicant, Ms. Amy Burt Agent. Attached please find the Final Consistency Response.
Due to the size of the documents, I have posted the comments received in response to the Public Notice online at:ftp://ftp.dnr.state.ak.us/dcom/CDB_ID2010-0809J_NAVYGOATraining/. If you are unable to access this site, please contact me so that I may provide the documents to you.
If you have questions concerning this project in particular, or the ACMP consistency review process in general, please feel free to contact me.
Project Review Supervisor
Division of Coastal and Ocean Management
Alaska Coastal Management Program
Phone: (907) 465-8794
Fax: (907) 465-3075