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. 

What did we learn from the Exxon Valdez?

What did we learn from the Exxon Valdez?

The Exxon Valdez oil tanker struck Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound on March 24, 1989, spilling over 11 million gallons of…
Governor Says No to Knik Arm Bridge

Governor Says No to Knik Arm Bridge

A decade of working to stop the proposed Knik Arm Bridge came to end this week when Governor Walker shut it down.
IMPORTANT CASES IN 2016

IMPORTANT CASES IN 2016

Trustees for Alaska’s important cases for 2016 in five programmatic areas of climate change, America’s Arctic, clean air and water, marine ecosystems, and wild lands and wildlife.
2015 Conservation Victories: The Year in Review

2015 Conservation Victories: The Year in Review

Trustees for Alaska achieved many victories for conservation during 2015 including protection of the Arctic Refuge, Pebble permits ruled unconstitutional, predators protected, and many more.
Exxon Valdez Case Closed Despite Lingering Oil

Exxon Valdez Case Closed Despite Lingering Oil

The 1991 Exxon Valdez settlement case ended in October when the State and US Governments dropped their reopener claim filed in 2006.
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