Marine Ecosystems

Preventing harm to Alaska’s coast and marine areas

Alaska has more coastline than all the contiguous states combined. These marine areas support robust fisheries that feed people around the world. Alaska wild salmon fisheries can only thrive when the oceans where they live part of their lives stay healthy. Alaska marine waters provide a home to unique northern animals as well, such as beluga whales, walrus, ringed seals, and polar bears. They provide essential subsistence resources for Alaska Native people. Overfishing, habitat decline, oil spills, boat traffic, mining, and oil and gas drilling threaten these marine areas. Trustees offers its legal expertise to the preservation of healthy marine areas.
Our latest Marine Ecosystems program work includes:
  • Trustees works to achieve permanent protection for Bristol Bay from offshore oil and gas development.
  • Trustees works to protect the Northern Bering Sea from bottom trawling.
  • Trustees fights to protect Cook Inlet beluga whales.
Click stories below for updates on how Trustees is protecting Alaska’s marine ecosystems. 

Army Corps railroads public process

Army Corps railroads public process

Last month, Trustees submitted comments on the proposed Pebble mine on behalf of our client Nunamta Aulukestai. We pointed out to the…
How many strikes before Pebble’s out?

How many strikes before Pebble’s out?

Another company backs out of the Pebble mine Yet another company backed out of the proposed Pebble mine project on May 25.…
We should all be water protectors

We should all be water protectors

Last month, scientists and Bristol Bay residents testified before the Alaska House Resources Committee. The group of fishermen and women, experts, and…
Science tells a human story

Science tells a human story

  Nancy Lord will read at a Trustees community reading and conversation this month. We asked her a few questions about literary…
Writing on science & hope: Nancy Lord’s “ph: A Novel”

Writing on science & hope: Nancy Lord’s “ph: A Novel”

  Alaska author Nancy Lord will read from her new book, “ph: A Novel,” at a free outreach event hosted by Trustees…
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