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Update on the Bering Strait Port Access Route Study CDR James Houck 17 th Coast Guard District 23 May 2012.

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1 Update on the Bering Strait Port Access Route Study CDR James Houck 17 th Coast Guard District 23 May 2012

2 August 2011 AIS Vessel Traffic

3 Potential Ship Routing Measures Traffic Separation Scheme Precautionary Area Area to be Avoided Recommended Route

4 PARS Process Port Access Route Study Recommendation Published in the Federal Register International Maritime Organization (Vessel Traffic, Marine Environmental, AtoN Considerations, stakeholders) (Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce…) Second Public Comment Period (4 months) Joint US-Russia Proposal Negotiations Notice of Study Published on November 8 th, 2010: Federal Register Public Comment Period (ends Sep 6th) US Interagency Group (NAV subcommittee meets annually in July and the Marine Safety Committee meets in the spring and fall in even years and only in the spring in odd years.)

5 PARS Outreach at a Glance Met with 7 communities: Barrow Point Hope Kotzebue Little Diomede Wales Gambell Savoonga Nome Spoke at 16 different forums/workshops to include: ICAS Environmental Justice AEWC and EWC meetings ICC NSB/NWAB Joint Planning Meeting Northern Waters Task Force Northern Oil/Gas Research Forum NWALT NWAB Sent letters to: 229 Native Village Presidents Nanuuq EWC AEWC NMFS NPFC USACE’s contacts Sector Anchorage’s Maritime contacts Other avenues : KNOM KOTZ FOX Anchorage news Publication in the weekly Local Notice to Mariners

6 27 submissions during the first public comment period (08Nov2010 – 06Sep2011) Arctic Slope Regional Corporation Audobon Alaska Bering Straits Native Corporation Bob Pawlowski Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice, Friends of the Earth, Oceana, Pacific Environment and World Wildlife Fund City and Borough of Wrangell City of Kotzebue City of Nome DEC Dr. Lawson Brigham Gay Sheffield Institute of the North Kawerak, Inc Marine Exchange of Alaska Marine Mammal Commission NANA Regional Corporation Native Village of Kotzebue New Century Overseas Management Inc. North Slope Borough North West Arctic Borough Ocean Conservancy Oceana Robert Locke Shell Exploration and Production Company Susan Hope US Arctic Research Commission Wales Native Corporation

7 Examples of discussions and ideas brought up at the PARS workshop in Anchorage on 15 August.

8 Questions? Contact LT Faith Reynolds (907) View other comments at: Document type: “Notices” Keyword: “USCG ”


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