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U.S. Coast Guard Discusses Its Developing Role in the Arctic

SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard’s Pacific Area commander discussed the service’s strategic outlook for the Arctic, its new class of polar security cutters, and its efforts to improve maritime domain awareness in the high latitudes. The keynote speech given by Vice Adm. Linda Fagan was during the Arctic Encounter Symposium in Seattle, Washington. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) recently

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Pollution Threat from Grounded Barge in Alaska

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) worked with contractors Saturday to mitigate the potential pollution threat posed by a derelict barge on the shoreline of Womens Bay on Kodiak Island. The USCG verified an approximate 300-yard long, one-yard wide, patchy, rainbow-colored sheen coming from the vicinity of the barge that has been grounded on shoreline of the southeast corner of Womens

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U.S. Judge in Alaska Blocks Attempt to Open Arctic, Atlantic to Expanded Drilling

U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason in Alaska overturned President Donald Trump’s attempt to open areas in the Arctic and Atlantic to oil and gas leasing. According to Reuters, Gleason referenced the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and noted that while presidents can withdraw from oil and gas leasing, only Congress can add new leasing areas into the program. Read

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$200 Million Allocated to Assist Fishermen Affected by Hurricanes

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross allocated $200 million in disaster funding appropriated by Congress to help fishermen and the businesses and communities that rely upon them to recover and rebuild following hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017. Funding has also been appropriated and allocated for the disasters that devastated West Coast and Alaskan fishermen from 2014 to 2017. NOAA

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U.S. and Russia Propose Bering Strait Shipping Routes

As a result of increased shipping traffic in Arctic waters, the international Maritime Organization received a proposal from the United States and the Russian Federation to establish a system of two-way routes for ships to follow through the Bering Sea and Bering Strait. The proposal includes six two-way routes and six precautionary areas off the coast of Chukotskiy Peninsula and

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