AMCC has published a number of reports, newsletters, and multi-media materials over the course of its 20-year history. To learn more about our current work and to dig into our archives, see the list of publications below. Some publications are still available in print. If you would like to request these publications for your business, non-profit, government office, or personal use, please contact us.
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A Legacy Story: Protecting the Bering Sea and Bristol Bay from Offshore Oil and Gas Development chronicles the long struggle over decisions about opening Bristol Bay and the southeast Bering Sea to offshore oil and gas drilling. Since the 1970s, people dependent on the region’s rich marine resources have been undaunted in an effort to protect these waters. On December 16, 2014, President Obama announced that the region would be permanently withdrawn from consideration for oil and gas leasing. The federal government agreed that the priority should be placed on sustaining traditional ways of life and the high value commercial fisheries in the region, and that offshore drilling presented risks that were not worth taking.
The story is told from the perspective of those on the front lines – leaders in the region and the seafood industry, past governors and former Interior Department secretaries. By documenting this story, future generations will remember the history, value the enduring effort made to permanently set Bristol Bay and the southeast Bering Sea aside from oil and gas leasing, and be supported in safeguarding the region into the future.
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. AMCC produced these videos in collaboration with Alaska Sea Grant, Alaska Observing System, and COSEE Alaska.
A Legacy Story: Protecting the Bering Sea and Bristol Bay from Offshore Oil and Gas Development (2015)
This is the print version of the film A Legacy Story (above), chronicling the long struggle over decisions about opening Bristol Bay and the southeast Bering Sea to offshore oil and gas drilling. Since the 1970s, people dependent on the region’s rich marine resources have been undaunted in an effort to protect these waters. On December 16, 2014, President Obama announced that the region would be permanently withdrawn from consideration for oil and gas leasing. The federal government agreed that the priority should be placed on sustaining traditional ways of life and the high value commercial fisheries in the region, and that offshore drilling presented risks that were not worth taking.
National Treasure at Risk: Protecting Alaska’s Bristol Bay from Offshore Drilling (2012)
AMCC’s report chronicles the over 30-year battle to protect Bristol Bay and the Bering Sea from offshore drilling and highlights fisheries, marine mammals, and seabirds of the region that drilling would put at risk. Today the region is temporarily off limits to drilling, but only until 2017. The concludes with a call to our nation’s policy makers: after 35 years of resistance to offshore drilling, the time has come to secure permanent protection for Bristol Bay and the southeast Bering Sea.
The Northern Bering Sea: Our Way of Life (2012)
The Bering Sea Elders Group and AMCC undertook a project to compile spatial information about hunting and fishing use in the Northern Bering Sea and ecologically sensitive marine areas for the species used by coastal tribes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim and Bering Strait regions. The objective was to identify use areas and to identify areas beyond hunting and fishing grounds, either from direct observation, traditional knowledge, or science, that are important for maintaining healthy populations of subsistence species (e.g. migration routes, offshore ice edge, seasonal habitats). The maps are intended to inform fishery management and other policy decisions that affect resources used for subsistence activities and local small-scale fisheries, and the marine ecosystem that supports them. The mapping project began in 2008 and the publication was completed in late 2011.
‘Ocean Acidification & Alaska’s Fisheries: Views and Voices of Alaska’s Fishermen, Marine Industries and Coastal Residents’ (Spring 2012)
This report by AMCC’s Working Waterfronts Program Director, Rachel Donkersloot PhD, is the product of community roundtable discussions on ocean acidification and Alaska fisheries held during the winter of 2011-12 in the fisheries-dependent communities of Homer, Kodiak and Dillingham. Executive summary only
‘Access Restrictions in Alaska’s Commercial Fisheries: Trends and Considerations’ (Summer 2009)
The cumulative effect of limited access fisheries management decisions in Alaska has socio-economic consequences for our communities that are observable, predictable and self-perpetuating. A discussion of trends in Alaska fisheries are discussed in Access Restrictions in Alaska’s Commercial Fisheries: Trends and Considerations, a report prepared by Dory Associates for Alaska Marine Conservation Council and Gulf of Alaska Coastal Communities Coalition.
Living Marine Habitats of Alaska (July 2003)
Featuring beautiful underwater photographs and descriptive text, Living Marine Habitats explores living seafloor habitats found off the coast of Alaska. From coastal waters to mysterious offshore environments, this booklet provides a glimpse into a diversity of habitats and ecosystems. Published by AMCC and Alaska Sea Grant.
Ocean Home (2002)
This photo-essay by Alan Parks intertwines beautifully with written essays by Wendy Erd. Take a peak into the everyday lives of Alaska’s fishing families as their voices and expressions are captured in this publication. Published by AMCC.
Sea Change Newsletter
AMCC’s print newsletter was published between 1994 and 2009. These newsletters are packed with information on a range of issues that AMCC has worked on over the years. Sea Change featured policy updates, scientific articles, and highlights of community conservation.
Past Sea Change issues:
- Sea Change 2009-2010 Winter 12-01-09
- Sea Change 2008 Spring 05-01-08
- Sea Change 2007 Spring 04-01-07
- Sea Change 2007 Fall 10-01-07
- Sea Change 2007-2008 Winter 01-01-08
North Pacific Discards Reports
- Discards in the North Pacific Groundfish Fisheries 2007
- Discards in the North Pacific Groundfish Fisheries 2006
- Discards in the North Pacific Groundfish Fisheries 2004
- Discards in the North Pacific Groundfish Fisheries 2003
- Discards in the North Pacific Groundfish Fisheries 2002
- Discards in the North Pacific Groundfish Fisheries 2001
‘Rockfish Bycatch: Spatial Analysis Using Observer Data in the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea’ (January 2006)
A report by AMCC and Ecotrust using GIS mapping to show locations where rockfish bycatch occurs.
‘Conservation and Management of North Pacific Rockfishes’ (August 2005)
Alaska Marine Conservation Council collaborated with Ecotrust to analyze catch and biological data on rockfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands to see if there are ways to refine spatial management to reduce the risk of overfishing. We published a technical report describing the analytical methods and GIS maps showing the spatial distribution of rockfish, commercial catch and discarded bycatch. The technical report and maps are available at the Ecotrust web site: ftp://ftp.ecotrust.org/pub/departments/fisheries/AMCC
‘Bycatch: Wasting Alaska’s Future’ second edition (September 2004)
This second edition of the original 1998 report, provides statistics and describes the direct link between wasteful fishing practices and habitat destruction.
‘Bycatch: Wasting Alaska’s Future’ (October 1998)
One of AMCC’s earliest publications, this report explains the issue of bycatch in Alaska’s fisheries and the environmental and socio-economic problems caused by it.
‘Bottom Trawling in the North Pacific’ (April 2002)
Studies of bottom trawl impacts in Alaska confirm worldwide studies that show that trawling alters complex habitat features such as coral gardens, sponges, rocky ledges and pinnacles and by so doing can reduce fish populations and biodiversity.