Community partnerships promoted during Coast Guard, ADEC visit to Nome, Alaska

Cmdr. James Binniker and Lt. Todd Bagetis from the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage response department meet with Alaska Dept. of Conservation representativeTom Deruyter and members of the National Park Service and Fish and Game Department in Nome, Alaska, Dec. 3, 2015.  Coast Guard and ADEC personnel visited Nome to promote local partnerships in advance of the Spring 2016 Subarea Contingency Planning meeting. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ens. Kim Jenish.

Cmdr. James Binniker and Lt. Todd Bagetis from the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage response department meet with Alaska Dept. of Conservation representativeTom Deruyter and members of the National Park Service and Fish and Game Department in Nome, Alaska, Dec. 3, 2015. Coast Guard and ADEC personnel visited Nome to promote local partnerships in advance of the Spring 2016 Subarea Contingency Planning meeting. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ens. Kim Jenish.

By Ens. Kim Jenish, Sector Anchorage Response

Members of the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage response department and Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation traveled to Nome, Alaska, to meet with state, local, tribal and industry stakeholders Dec. 1-3.

The meeting was part of a joint effort between and the Coast Guard and ADEC to promote active community participation for the next Subarea Contingency Planning meeting set for spring 2016 and to inform the local community on the importance of calling the National Response Center to report oil pollution.

Lt. Todd Bagetis from the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage response department and Alaska Dept. of Conservation representativeTom Deruyter speak with members of the Kawerak Marine Advocate and Eskimo Walrus Commission in Nome, Alaska, Dec. 3, 2015.  The visit to Nome was part of the first meeting coordinated by both the State of Alaska and the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ens. Kim Jenish.

Lt. Todd Bagetis from the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage response department and Alaska Dept. of Conservation representativeTom Deruyter speak with members of the Kawerak Marine Advocate and Eskimo Walrus Commission in Nome, Alaska, Dec. 3, 2015. The visit to Nome was part of the first meeting coordinated by both the State of Alaska and the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ens. Kim Jenish.

Sector Anchorage members and ADEC representatives met with various tribal, local and industry stakeholders, all of whom, have an active part in responding to and reporting oil pollution. This was the first outreach coordinated effort between the State of Alaska and Sector Anchorage which successfully increased community involvement into next year’s contingency plan revision. Additionally, the message to contact the NRC to report any and all pollution incidents was well received by Nome residents.

“The local tribes and communities in and around Nome are the eyes and ears to what is happening in northwest Alaska”, commented Lt. Todd Bagetis, Sector Anchorage incident management division chief. “Soliciting their feedback and concerns regarding oil pollution response is what will help us create an effective and collaborative oil pollution response contingency plan”.

(right to left) Cmdr. James Binniker and Lt. Todd Bagetis from the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage response department and Alaska Dept. of Conservation representative Tom Deruyter speak to the community of Nome, Alaska, during an interview on KNOM radio, Dec. 3, 2015.  Coast Guard and ADEC personnel promote local partnerships in advance of the Spring 2016 Subarea Contingency Planning meeting and reminded the public to contact the National Response Center in the event of a pollution spill. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ens. Kim Jenish.

(right to left) Cmdr. James Binniker and Lt. Todd Bagetis from the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage response department and Alaska Dept. of Conservation representative Tom Deruyter speak to the community of Nome, Alaska, during an interview on KNOM radio, Dec. 3, 2015. Coast Guard and ADEC personnel promote local partnerships in advance of the Spring 2016 Subarea Contingency Planning meeting and reminded the public to contact the National Response Center in the event of a pollution spill. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ens. Kim Jenish.

Cmdr. James Binniker, Sector Anchorage Chief of Response, oversees both the Incident Management Division and the Enforcement Division. This was his first outreach visit to Nome.

“My visit was an incredibly eye-opening experience, and I look forward to more outreach to the various subareas of Alaska,” said Binniker.

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