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. 

Seward Coal Facility Seeks Permit

Seward Coal Facility Seeks Permit

Seward residents knew for years that coal was dropping into Resurrection Bay from the Seward Coal Loading Facility. In late 2009, Trustees…
More Studies Will Not Save the Beluga Whale

More Studies Will Not Save the Beluga Whale

For decades Trustees for Alaska has been fighting to protect the Cook Inlet beluga whales and succeeded in gaining endangered species listing in 2008. A new recovery plan falls short in helping the species.
U.S. Supreme Court Decision a Victory for Seward’s Resurrection Bay

U.S. Supreme Court Decision a Victory for Seward’s Resurrection Bay

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 8, 2015 Contacts: Pamela Miller, (907) 222-7714 (o); (907) 242-9991 (cell) Meg Matthews, meg.matthews@sierraclub.org / 206.291.5942 U.S. Supreme…
Important Cases in 2015

Important Cases in 2015

Trustees for Alaska is working on important conservation issues and legal cases in 2015. Even with our limited resources, we have a…
2014: The Year in Review

2014: The Year in Review

Looking back over the last twelve months, Trustees for Alaska and everyone who loves Alaska have a lot to celebrate. Trustees had…
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