U.S. Navy officials are holding virtual public meetings in Alaska to inform the public and also to respond to questions regarding their proposed action to continue periodic military training activities in the Gulf of Alaska, events of major concern to commercial fish harvesters.
The first session was held on Tuesday, Jan. 19 and another is set for Feb. 3.
Navy officials said the proposed training activities are similar to those that have occurred in the study area for decades. Their plan is to continue to implement mitigation measures to avoid or reduce potential impacts on marine species and the environment, they said in a public announcement.
The Navy has prepared a draft supplement to their 2011 Gulf of Alaska Navy Training Activities Final EIS/OEIS (https://goaeis.com/Documents/2011-Gulf-of-Alaska-EIS-OEIS-Documents) and 2016 Gulf of Alaska Navy Training Activities Final Supplemental EIS/OEIS (https://goaeis.com/Documents/2016-Gulf-of-Alaska-Supplemental-EIS-OEIS-Documents).
The 2020 Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS (https://goaeis.com/Documents/2020-Gulf-of-Alaska-Draft-Supplemental-EIS-OEIS-Documents) is available for public review and comment.
Information about the upcoming Zoom meeting is online at https://goaeis.com/Public-Involvement/Virtual-Public-Meeting
Information on how to submit questions in advance and also during the virtual meeting is included at its website.