Keeping the Nut’s Out – Federal agencies, Point Lay seek to minimize media enacted walrus disturbances

Federal agencies are stepping in to shield a North Slope village from the possibility of a deluge of international attention should a large walrus haulout develop nearby, as it has in years past — agreeing to act as an information clearinghouse on behalf of the Native Village of Point Lay. The village has also taken its own steps to reduce the impact of international attention and its own activities on the marine mammals. About 35,000 walruses swarmed the coast of Point Lay toward the end of summer last year, likely because the ice they usually use for rest had melted, scientists said. The event drew international visitors, mostly media, to the village of 189 residents. Read the rest here 15:11

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