Commentary: CRRC expands Alutiiq Pride Marine Institute in Chugach Region

Bowpickers dot the horizon outside of Whittier in Prince William Sound on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. (Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times)

By Emily Mailman
For The Cordova Times

Chugach Regional Resources Commission represents all seven Tribes within the Chugach Region, Eyak, Tatitlek, Chenega, Port Graham, Nanwalek, Seward and Valdez.

We were founded back in 1984 when all the Tribes came together to promote their Tribal sovereignty and protect our subsistence resources through the development and implementation of natural resource management.

Over the past three years CRRC has been actively expanding our internal capacity by creating new programs and ramping up the ones already in place. CRRC’s Alutiiq Pride Marine Institute (APMI) does most of our monitoring work, conducting ocean acidification research, harmful algal bloom water quality research, and leading mariculture research and development for the State of Alaska and Pacific Northwest.

CRRC’s Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council (AMBCC) develops, implements, and promotes co-management between Federal and State governments for the use and conservation of migratory birds for the whole state of Alaska.

CRRC’s Climate Change Program aims to identify and mitigate climate change threats to human health, community infrastructure, and access to traditional resources and livelihoods.

CRRC’s Fish and Wildlife Program/Subsistence Alliance studies and strengthens collaborative management with State and Federal governments and agencies. One thing our F&W program does is provides public testimony on behalf of the Tribes and helps Tribal Members write personal testimony to submit to BOF/BOG and FSB.

And lastly, CRRC’s Marine Mammal Program aims to improve the conservation and management of marine species within the Chugach Region, while collaborating with Federal and State agencies to ensure healthy marine mammal stocks, work towards co-management strategies, and advocate for continuity of our subsistence lifestyle.

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Emily Mailman is the Environmental Coordinator for Chugach Regional Resources Commission and Alutiiq Pride Marine Institute.