Coordinating Arctic Research and Subsistence Hunting

February 15, 2016
By Jessica Rohde

As scientists work to understand the rapid environmental change taking place in the Arctic, they trek to the region aboard ships, planes and helicopters to conduct research. However, this traffic affects the availability of fish and wildlife for subsistence hunting by Alaskan native communities. Subsistence harvest is central to the customs of many cultural groups in Alaska, and for many rural Alaskan residents, is critical to their food security and economic stability.

The webinars below illustrate strategies used to mitigate the impact of Arctic researchers on subsistence hunts both on land and at sea. Candace Nachman (NOAA) summarizes a recent workshop hosted by NOAA on the impacts of research vessels, and Stacey Fritz (BLM) describes the Subsistence Advisory Panel (SAP) to the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.

Candace Nachman on NOAA's workshop to mitigate impacts of research vessels on Native subsistence hunts in the High Arctic

 

Stacy Fritz on the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska's Subsistence Advisory Panel

 

 

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