Juneau, AK (KINY) - Senator Lisa Murkowski has introduced a bill that looks to identify coastal communities that rely on ocean resources and how to further protect those ecosystems.
The bill is called the Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2017 and focuses on island communities, low-population rural communities, and subsistence communities, that are most dependent on coastal and ocean resources that may be impacted by ocean acidification.
Via the press release, Senator Murkowski said, "“Alaska’s culture and economy thrive on so many resources that come from the ocean. This proactively addresses a very real issue and will help us all gain a deeper understanding of how ocean acidification is affecting our coastal and subsistence communities throughout Alaska. This is significant legislation for those living in a state or community whose livelihood greatly depends on the health of our oceans.”
Sarah Cooley, Director of the Ocean Acidification Program at Ocean Conservancy added, "“At a time when partisanship is at an all-time high, this bipartisan group of Senators have joined together to introduce legislation that would help our nation’s coastal communities better understand and respond to the impacts associated with ocean acidification. The science is clear: the ocean is becoming acidified. This is a major threat to a variety of ocean resources that coastal communities depend on, and we must rise to the challenge and tackle this problem head-on.”
The act requires three things to be identified in assessments: the communities that are most dependent on ocean and coastal resources, the nature of the social and economic vulnerabilities of the communities, and identify the harmful impacts of ocean acidification on those communities.
More from News of the North
JPD promotes officer to lieutenant, three new officers coming on board
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - There's a brand new lieutenant at the Juneau Police Department and three new officers join the force next week.
Disgraced legislator wants appeal
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Alaska has not heard the last from former State Rep. Dean Westlake.
Alaska airlines adds new flights
Seattle, Washington (KINY) Alaska Airlines announced some changes in flights out of Everett, Washington.
Three names submitted to replace Dunleavy in Senate
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Alaska Governor Bill Walker has until February 14 to name a successor in the Senate to one of his opponents in the governor's race.
Open banks to marijuana
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Alaska's Attorney General joined with 18 other states to request Congress allow marijuana related businesses to use banks.
Tammie Wilson Says a Sexual Harassment Class Isn't Enough
Representative Tammie Wilson refuse to attend class, despite threats to cut staff.
First Legislative Session
News of the North covered the House's first Legislative Session
Hydro One and Avista CEOs will be Available for Q&A
Juneau, AK (KINY) - Citizens looking to learn more about the Hydro One acquisition of Avista will have the opportunity to meet the CEO of each company.
Man Dies in Ketchikan Stabbing
Ketchikan, AK (KINY) - A death in Ketchikan last Friday where a man had been stabbed to death with a kitchen knife has been detailed in a press release from police.
SEACC officials lobby against Murkowski's Tongass riders
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Two staff members of the Southeast Conservation Council returned from a trip to the nation's capital last week to lobby against environmental riders attached to the Interior Department Appropriations bill by Alaska U. S. Senator Lisa Murkowski.
Juneau remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Moving music and speeches highlighted the annual observance in Juneau.
Legislature to reconvene
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) A state fiscal plan and work on developing policies for sexual harassment and bullying are on the table as the second session of the 30th Alaska legislature convenes today.