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Juneau Mayor: Alaska needs a Coastal Management program

Alaska's capital city, Juneau.
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Bruce Botelho | Jan 05, 2012

Thousands of Alaskans live, work and play along Alaska’s 44,000 miles of coastline. We fish for salmon and halibut, harvest herring, shrimp, herring roe, crabs, and seaweed, dig for clams, watch the whales for fun and hunt them for food, drill for oil and gas, dig for gold, pick berries, harvest timber, hunt, kayak, and surf, and, in the quiet of a summer evening, stand on a rocky shore and marvel at the wonder that is Alaska’s coast.

Giving Alaskans a voice in how to balance these potentially competing uses and activities is the reason a coastal program is needed in Alaska. That’s why I, along with other municipal officials, civic leaders, and interested Alaskans have banded together to promote a citizens’ ballot initiative to revive the Alaska Coastal Management Program....