Anchorage Shop Owner Indicted on Violations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Misrepresentation

Anchorage Shop Owner Indicted on Violations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Misrepresentation

The  Department of Justice announced on Thursday that an Anchorage gift shop owner faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine in connection to charges filed under the  Marine Mammal Protection Act. U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder reported that two counts under the act have been filed against 58-year-old Lee John Screnock, the owner of […]

USFWS Believes Bering Sea Seabirds Died from Starvation

USFWS Believes Bering Sea Seabirds Died from Starvation

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reporting that at least 800 carcasses of seabirds, that include Northern Fulmars, Kittiwakes, Shearwaters, Murres and Auklets have been observed on the beaches throughout the Bering Sea and Bering Straits since early August of this year. “Dead and dying seabirds have been reported from Shishmaref, south to the Pribilof […]

Shell Arctic Drilling Plans Run into Yet Another Roadblock

Shell Arctic Drilling Plans Run into Yet Another Roadblock

A little known permitting requirement uncovered by a coalition of 10 environmental organizations and revealed by the San Francisco-based EarthJustice, that requires that a “letter of authorization” allowing companies drilling to disturb walruses and other marine mammals, precludes drilling within 15 miles of each other. According to Shell’s drilling plans, the two drill rigs would […]