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Coast Guard funding bill proposes Kodiak land swap

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska Native tribe in Kodiak has questions about a proposed land exchange between the federal government and a private owner.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports a Coast Guard funding bill would trade tideland at Womens Bay on Kodiak Island for Ayakulik Island off Kodiak’s southwest coast.

Thomas Lance of the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak says Womens Bay is valuable habitat for fish and migratory waterfowl.

The proposed swap is in a rider introduced by Alaska Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan.

Sullivan says the measure would turn a trafficked bay into an economic driver for Kodiak in exchange for property with conservation value.

Ayakulik Island is a nearly 11-acre piece of land that provides nesting for red-faced cormorant.

Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com

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