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. 

Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Remains Listed

Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Remains Listed

With the New Year approaching, we (and the Cook Inlet beluga whales) have one more thing to celebrate. On Nov. 21, 2011,…
EPA Challenged for Allowing Toxic Discharges in Cook Inlet

EPA Challenged for Allowing Toxic Discharges in Cook Inlet

Trustees or Alaska, representing coastal Native villages, commercial fishermen, and Cook Inletkeeper, charged in court in December that the Environmental Protection Agency…
Cook Inlet Beluga Whales Listed As Endangered

Cook Inlet Beluga Whales Listed As Endangered

Cook Inlet’s beluga whales were listed as an endangered species last week. The decision gained national attention for both its political significance…
Doing it Wrong, Alaska-Style

Doing it Wrong, Alaska-Style

On May 3 2002, the Alaska Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the State of Alaska’s approval of Forest Oil Company’s exploratory drilling…
Beluga Whales Win Another Stay of Oil and Gas Leasing in Cook Inlet

Beluga Whales Win Another Stay of Oil and Gas Leasing in Cook Inlet

Cook Inlet beluga whales have rapidly declined over the last 10 years. Scientist estimate that the population has dropped from over 1,000…
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