2016 – Northern Bering Sea and Bering Strait: Ecosystem and Climate Change
For thousands of years the coastal Yupik and Inupiaq peoples of the northern Bering Sea and Bering Strait have relied on marine mammals, seabirds, fish, shellfish, and other marine resources for food. Hunting and fishing bind people to the sea, and tie families and communities together through the sharing of food and passing of knowledge and experience from one generation to the next. See Ecosystem & Climate Change Brochure
2016 – Northern Bering Sea and Bering Strait: Food Security
The cold, rich waters of the northern Bering Sea and Bering Strait form the foundation of culture, food security, and economy for coastal Yupik and Inupiaq peoples.See Food Security Brochure
2016 – Migration Map
Thousands of bowhead and beluga whales, hundreds of thousands of walruses, an estimated one million seals, and millions of seabirds migrate through the northern Bering Sea and Bering Strait. Large areas of the region are hunting and fishing territory for villages along the coast. See Migration Map
Bering Sea Elders Group Newsletters
Bering Sea Elders Group Resolutions
- 2011 Resolution Bering Sea Elders Group Mission
- 2011 Resolution Expressing a Vision for the Northern Bering Sea
- 2011 Resolution Calling for Amendments to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act
- 2014 Resolution for Stronger and More Lasting Protection of Tribal Subsistence Resources in the Northern Bering Sea and to Ensure Tribal Self-Determination for Decisions Impacting These Resources
“Faces of Climate Change” Videos
“Faces of Climate Change” is a series of three short videos in which scientists and Alaska Natives share their stories and insights into changes that are happening in Alaska’s Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean. These videos were produced by Alaska Marine Conservation Council, Alaska Sea Grant, Alaska Observing System, and COSEE Alaska.
- Faces of Climate Change: Introduction
- Faces of Climate Change: Disappearing Sea Ice
- Faces of Climate Change: Life on the Ice
Shanelle Afcan’s Acceptance Speech for ACF’s 2014 “Denny Wilcher Award for Young Environmental Activist” Watch the Video
The Northern Bering Sea: Our Way of Life
This report shows extensive areas where Alaska Native hunters and local fishermen harvest ocean resources, and the marine waters important to the resources we rely on. The report can support our leaders and inform outside decision makers about how we depend on the ocean and how our life is inseparable from it. Explore the Report
North Pacific Fishery Management Council
Develops fishery management plans and makes ongoing decisions regarding federally managed fisheries out to 200 miles from shore. NPFMC is advisory to the National Marine Fisheries Service. Both operate under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The NPFMC meets five times a year, usually three times in Anchorage, once in an Alaskan fishing community, and once in either Seattle or Portland.
National Marine Fisheries Service
Federal agency responsible for managing U.S. fisheries and complying with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation & Management Act. NMFS approves decisions made by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.