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NOAA Keeps Fishermen in the Loop While Protecting Valuable Coral and Habitat

NOAA Fisheries made recommendations on the proposed installation of a 3,550 mile marine fiber optic cable to avoid affecting seafloor living marine communities, corals and other structure forming habitat that supports commercial fish in Alaska.

The Kodiak Kenai Cable Company (KKCC) had proposed construction of the Northern Fiber Optic Link in Alaskan marine waters in order to provide fiber optic cable service to the region.

NOAA's efforts not only protected living marine communities by ensuring the new fiber optic cable will avoid and minimize contact with essential fish habitat, but also kept stakeholders (commercial fisherman) informed of how this non-fishing related action may affect or disrupt their fishing activities and how to avoid conflict with commercial fishing areas

 

NOAA Keeps Fishermen in the Loop While Protecting Valuable Coral and Habitat