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. 

Bristol Bay Permanently Protected from Offshore Oil and Gas

Bristol Bay Permanently Protected from Offshore Oil and Gas

President Obama gave Bristol Bay and the Southeast Bering Sea permanent protection from offshore oil and gas activities in a Presidential Memorandum…
40 Years of Defending Alaska – 1974-2014

40 Years of Defending Alaska – 1974-2014

1974-1984: The First Decade Beirne Homestead Initiative Trustees for Alaska challenged the constitutionality of the Beirne Homestead Initiative, which would have given…
Compliance Order Allows Business-As-Usual at the Seward Coal Loading Facility

Compliance Order Allows Business-As-Usual at the Seward Coal Loading Facility

In response to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision finding the Seward Coal Loading Facility in violation of the Clean Water Act,…
Seward Coal Loading Facility Violates Clean Water Act

Seward Coal Loading Facility Violates Clean Water Act

UPDATE, October 31, 2014: Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Aurora Energy Services’ and the Alaska Railroad’s petition for rehearing. Not…
Seward Alaska Dirty Coal Case Argued Before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Seward Alaska Dirty Coal Case Argued Before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

This week, five years into the case, Trustees for Alaska attorney Brian Litmans stood before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for…
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