Here in Alaska, we live with some of the most incredible wildlife in the world. Wildlife viewing is part of what makes our corner of the planet so special and draws so many visitors to our state.
JUNEAU - The owner and operator of an Alaska charter vessel was considering whether to appeal after being fined for getting too close to whales.
Law enforcement agencies in Juneau teamed up again this year to gift low-income families with Christmas presents, just in time for the holidays.
The owners of the Zen Restaurant will pay a civil penalty of $18,000 over the next 12 months for illegally purchasing subsistence-harvested Pacific halibut in 2010, according to a settlement agreement signed on February 23.
A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration undercover investigation led to the fining of local Asian cuisine restaurant owners $18,000 for illegally purchasing subsistence-caught Pacific halibut.
Juneau's law enforcement personnel will don black mourning bands on their uniforms and/or badges beginning May 13 to mark the beginning of National Police Memorial Week. "The City and Borough of Juneau is going to kick it off with our memorial on the 13th," Juneau Police Department Sgt. Dave Campbell said. "Then we will start wearing the bands all through that week."
ANCHORAGE - A science consortium has agreed to a civil penalty of $9,000 for intruding into Alaska waters that were declared off-limits to protect endangered Steller sea lions.
Officers from NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement will hold public outreach meetings in several Southeast Alaska communities next month to discuss 2011 charter halibut fishing regulations and answer questions. The meeting in Juneau will be from 2-4 p.m. May 19 at the Mendenhall Valley Library inside Mendenhall Mall, 9105 Mendenhall Mall Road. NOAA Fisheries Enforcement will respond to questions from the public regarding charter, commercial, subsistence and recreational halibut fishing regulations, collection of marine mammal hard parts and marine mammal viewing regulations.
From sunup to sundown, the 2011 Peace Officers Memorial Day gave Juneau citizens the opportunity to say thank you to those who have, do, and will protect them from harm. "I never miss a police memorial," Susan Reishus-O'Brien said, standing among dozens of attendees near the graves of officer's Richard J. Adair and Donald Dull at Evergreen Cemetery Friday. "Wherever I am."
Members of NOAA's Marine Mammal Stranding Network are asking for help from the public in locating a humpback whale entangled in fishing gear in the Stephens Passage/Lynn Canal area near Juneau. The whale was first spotted Wednesday by Gastineau Guiding tour operators between Coghlan and Stick Islands, just outside of Auke Bay. It was traveling west at 3-4 miles per hour, with a big yellow buoy trailing about 5-8 feet behind the blowhole. The animal didn't appear to be distressed and was breathing about every three minutes.
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