Fisheries Awareness, Information and Responsibility

Changes in fishing practices are inevitable as there are indications that pressure is being imposed on Alaska’s fishing resources. While the Bering Sea is still one of the richest fisheries in the world and provides half of the fish eaten in the United States, signs of ecological distress have been mounting. Commonly named culprits are over-fishing, pollution, and climate change. FAIR brings together a diverse group to help work with existing bodies to focus on long-term understanding and encourages discussions about the potential changes we may need to employ as a result of continued ecological distress.

Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association has been focused on the activities of Alaska’s fisheries since 1980. We support and provide funding for research projects to non-governmental organizations in western Alaska in order to support advanced learning about our fisheries resources. We further strengthen the region through coalition building and leadership skill building. Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association has been hosting exchanges between regional residents, researchers, and policymakers since 1992. We provide significant expertise in issues relevant to our marine and freshwater fisheries and their environments.
When natural resources fluctuate or decline, people become scarcity-minded. There have been disaster declarations throughout the Arctic, Yukon, Kuskokwim, and Bristol Bay, leading to an ever increasing level of attention being paid to these regions.

FAIR participants shall be committed to working cooperatively to ensure the ecological and human health of the Bristol Bay, Yukon, Arctic, and Kuskokwim (BBYAK) regions. FAIR is a step toward promoting greater societal understanding and involvement and working toward positive solutions to actual or perceived problems and obstacles in the current structure of fisheries.

FAIR engages in the dissemination of information to the BBYAK communities that rely upon the Bering Sea and our freshwater fisheries and their environments. FAIR seeks to bring greater attention to the importance of sustained fisheries and the need to understand and manage the ecosystem as a unified habitat. FAIR identifies and encourages meritorious research projects that promote the protection of fisheries and their habitat as well as improve the livelihoods of local communities.

While FAIR relies upon sound scientific information and on Traditional Knowledge in reaching determinations, it spends the majority of its time engaging in outreach to the public and to fisheries stakeholders, sharing information across regions, and promoting greater understanding and communication.

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