Petersburg Pilot -

NOAA hearing draws vocal opposition


January 9, 2020

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Over 80 persons attended the 3-hour NOAA public hearing on Monday evening. Lisa Manning, an official with NOAA (standing at front) explained the proposed critical habitat rule and heard testimony from the group.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration held a public hearing in Petersburg Monday night on their proposal to establish critical habitat areas for humpback whales in Southeast Alaska including areas from the Alaska Peninsula down the coastline to Southern California. Over 80 persons, mostly fishermen attended the standing-room-only meeting at the Assembly Chambers.

NOAA's fisheries division, the National Marine Fisheries Service proposes to protect the feeding areas of three separate groups of humpback whales, and will not affect anything except for federal agencies seeking to u...

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