There are immediate near-term conservation concerns regarding the viability of King (also known as Chinook) salmon and Pacific halibut. These species are subject to extreme harvest pressure from commercial and (to a lesser extent) sport fishermen. Halibut and Chinook are classed by fisheries managers as “fully utilized species”, which means that allocation formulas have been developed for dividing harvestablesurpluses into fixed portions for all users, including commercial and sportfishermen.
There are only seven temperate rainforest floral regions on earth, all in coastal settings at higher latitudes where annual precipitation of 40 to 100 inches is common and seasonal droughts are rare. Most of these forests are quite small in area, forming only in places at lower elevations beneath steep topography where moisture laden onshore airflow prevails year round. The largest temperate rainforest in the world is found along the shores of the Alexander Archipelago of southeast Alaska,British Columbia and northwestern Washington.
A Senate Bill is currently working its way slowly through Congress, and The Boat Company (TBC) sees it as a potential long-term threat to Wilderness areas on the Tongass: the Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act, S. 730. It is intended to settle the Federal Government’s longstanding promise to transfer land to the Sealaska regional native corporation of southeast Alaska.
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