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Alaska Regional Action Plan for the Southeastern Bering Sea

NOAA Fisheries, Mike Sigler, Anne Hollowed, Kirstin Holsman, Stephani Zador, Alan Haynie, Amber Himes-Cornell, Phil Mundy, Steve Davis, Janet Duffy-Anderson, Tom Gelatt, Brandee Gerke, and Phyllis Stabeno
Created: 12/29/2016 - Updated: 7/10/2019


WHAT:  The ARAP was developed to increase the production, delivery, and use of climate-related information required to fulfill the NOAA Fisheries mission in the region. The ARAP identifies priority needs and specific actions to implement the NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy in the region over the next three to five years.

WHERE:  NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center is responsible for marine resources in five large marine ecosystems--the southeastern Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, the northern Bering and Chukchi seas and the Beaufort Sea. The first ARAP focuses on the southeastern Bering Sea because it supports large marine mammal and bird populations and some of the most profitable and sustainable commercial fisheries in the United States.

WHY:  The waters around Alaska support some of the most valuable commercial fisheries in the world. Large numbers of seabirds and marine mammals also are found here and subsistence harvests are a critical resource for coastal communities. Climate-related changes in ocean and coastal ecosystems are already impacting the fish, seabirds, and marine mammals as well as the people, businesses, and communities that depend on these living marine resources. Demand for actionable information on how, why, and when climate change will impact this region is growing.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Please contact Dr. Anne Hollowed ( or Dr. Martin Dorn (

Published On

Thursday, September 1, 2016


Sector Addressed: 
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Culture / communities
Fishery harvest
Invasive / non-native species, pests
Ocean acidification
Range shifts
Species of concern
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate climate change into harvest/take policies
Incorporate climate change into critical habitat rules / species recovery plans
Incorporate climate change into threatened / endangered species designations
Capacity Building
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Initiate targeted research program
Create stakeholder engagement processes to develop and implement adaptation strategies
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptation plans
Develop / implement adaptive management strategies
Habitat/Biome Type: 
Taxonomic Focus: 
Other Invertebrates
Climate Type: 

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