Overview

Strategies for Cooperative Management in the Marine Environment of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas


The Strengthening Institutions project is an initiative launched as part of the International Polar Year to explore modes of cooperation to foster greater coordination and efficient use of resources, reduce conflict, and improve ecosystem-based amangement in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. Concurrent with rapid changes in the Arctic marine ecosystem, human uses of the marine environment, user conflicts, management challenges, and policy initiatives concerning ocean governance are multiplying rapidly. This has resulted in user conflicts, management challenges and new policy initiatives concerning ocean governance. Emerging challenges include climate change and the restructuring of seasonal sea ice habitats, ocean acidification, security and sovereignty, growing marine traffic and the prevention of oil spills in a challenging operating environment. Policy initiatives include the federal Ocean Policy Taskforce recommendations for implementing marine spatial planning, US Coast Guard strategic planning for security in high latitudes, the state’s Northern Waters Taskforce to coordinate U.S. and Alaska interests in Arctic waters concerning transportation, national security, and resource development, and legislative review of Alaska’s Coastal Zone Management Act. The need for cooperation and dialog has never been greater.

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  • Framed photos on front page (clockwise from upper left): Polar bears approach the starboard bow of the U.S.S. Honolulu, U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Yeoman Alphonso Braggs; Traditional whaling boat and crew in Alaska, Office of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens; U.S. Coast Guard; Cleaning a seal, Natura Richardson.

  • This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1012217. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.