The rich waters of the North Pacific support some of the most productive and intact marine ecosystems remaining on our planet. Teeming with fish and other marine life, these waters are the lifeblood of Alaska’s coastal communities, economies and ways of life.
While wild fisheries have declined dramatically across the planet, Alaska continues to maintain a strong fishing industry, providing 50% of U.S. domestic seafood production.
Yet, Alaska’s fisheries populations and fishing communities face threats, including:
- Bycatch in important fisheries
- Impacts to critical marine habitat
- Pressure to drill offshore for oil and gas
- Climate change and ocean acidification
- Barriers to accessing fisheries resources
AMCC collaborates with Alaska’s fishermen, coastal communities, Tribes, and other organizations to support policy solutions that prioritize the long-term health of Alaska’s coastal and marine ecosystems and the communities that rely on them.
Current Fisheries Conservation Priorities and Projects:
- Reduce Chinook salmon, halibut and Tanner crab bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska trawl fisheries
- Secure permanent protection for Bristol Bay from offshore drilling
- Northern Bering Sea Initiative
- Every Halibut Counts gentle release project
- Ocean Acidification outreach and community engagement
- Advocacy for fisheries conservation and fishing communities at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting
- Ensure robust data collection systems are in place to manage fisheries
- Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization