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For several years, Community members were concerned that toxic chemicals from upland areas of the Metlakatla Peninsula had gotten into the seafood they depend on for their survival and livelihood.  Since about 1997, the Metlakatla Indian Community (MIC) and RIDOLFI have been working to determine the nature and extent of contamination from former military sites and federal facilities on the Metlakatla Peninsula.

The purpose of the Annette Islands Seafood Study was to determine whether toxic chemicals had migrated to the beaches and waters of the Annette Islands Reserve and into shellfish and other seafood.  It took a few years to identify the right agencies and the best people to plan and carry out this study.  The Annette Islands Seafood Study was planned and conducted during 2002 and 2003.