Many people in Alaska use and depend on the coast and the ocean for commercial and recreational purposes. Tourism, shipping, boating and commercial fishing, including crab, salmon and shellfish harvesting, have a significant impact on the regional economy. Recreational activities, including kayaking, whale watching, and fishing, also contribute to the economy and the quality of life.
While these activities are critical to the people of Alaska, it is also important for the military to be able to train realistically to protect the United States and its interests. The United States Department of the Navy (Navy) knows that, for safety reasons, this training could occasionally limit public access to airspace, coastal, and ocean areas. However, training areas in the Gulf of Alaska are accessible to the public for commercial and recreational purposes when they are not being used for Navy activities.