Friends of Admiralty Island sponsoring Hawk Inlet cruise Saturday

    Friends of Admiralty Island are sponsoring a cruise to Hawk Inlet on Saturday.

    Posted Thursday, May 12th, 2016 4:43pm by Lance David

    Friends of Admiralty Island are sponsoring a cruise to Hawk Inlet on Saturday.

    Marine Ecologist Michelle Ridgeway and the organization's president, K. J. Metcalf, were among the guests on Action Line Thursday.

    "It boards 8:00 a.m. at Statter Harbor in Auke Bay," announced Metcalf. "We depart promptly at 8:30 to Hawk Inlet, where we'll spend a coupe of hours. Michelle will be on board to talk about marine ecology, we have folks on there who will help with spotting birds, and hopefully we'll see a number of whales and other marine mammals. We're going to do an eagle nest survey where passengers can help see if the nests appear to be occupied. Two mine officials will board in Hawk Inlet, and we'll talk about the mine. It's a day of history and science, and it should just be a grand day."

    Tickets are $90 and available at Hearthside Books, the JACC, or online at the Friends of Admiralty Island web site

    The organization conducted a reconnaissance study last year it says indicates that metals in Hawk Inlet sediment are significantly higher than the pre-mining baseline in the inlet and Piledriver Cove, suggesting it is a result of mining activities.

    HECLA Mining, the operator of Greens Creek Mine on the island, wants to expand one of its tailing piles.  Organizations like Friends of Admiralty Island and the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council believe more stringent measures than proposed by the company are warranted.

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