Located off the southeast coast of Alaska, Bristol Bay is known for its pristine waters, world-class fisheries and stunning beauty. Bristol Bay’s natural beauty helps drive the local economy through tourism, and commercial and recreational fishing. Bristol Bay provides important habitat for many species, including the threatened Stellar’s eider, sea otters, seals, walruses, Beluga and Killer whales.
Today, President Obama designated the waters of Bristol Bay as off limits from future oil and gas development — a step that will help the region’s economic and cultural heritage. Watch this video to see this action is important.
Read Secretary Jewell’s response: http://on.doi.gov/1GNfmuq
Top photo of the Unimak Island, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge by Kristine Sowl, usfws.
Bottom photo of a humpback whale surrounded by Shearwaters by Brenda Rone, NOAA.