2014 Glacier Bay Park and Preserve Quota for Ships

February 6, 2013

Ms. Allison Banks
Environmental Protection Specialist
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
P.O. Box 140 
Gustavus, AK 99826

Via email to: Allison_Banks@nps.gov

Re: 2014 Glacier Bay Park and Preserve Quota for Ships

Dear Ms. Banks:

The Resource Development Council for Alaska, Inc. appreciates the opportunity to comment on the proposed 2014 use quota for ships entering into Glacier Bay Park and Preserve.

RDC is a statewide business association comprised of individuals and companies from Alaska’s oil and gas, mining, forest products, tourism and fisheries industries. RDC’s membership includes Alaska Native Corporations, local communities, organized labor, and industry support firms. RDC’s purpose is to encourage a strong, diversified private sector in Alaska and expand the state’s economic base through the responsible development of our natural resources.

RDC supports increased access, by visitors and residents alike, to scenic wonders like Glacier Bay. The proposal to maintain the same quota as 2013 is adequate. However, RDC supports increasing the number of ships allowed entrance to Glacier Bay, in an effort to promote the expansion of cruise itineraries and ultimately increase the number of passengers. Each year, 60 percent of Alaska’s visitors arrive in the state via cruise ship. Taking action to increase access will increase benefits to Alaskan businesses, with no adverse impact to the environment.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this important issue.

Sincerely,
Resource Development Council for Alaska, Inc.