The Pew Charitable Trusts' U.S. Arctic Program, also known as Oceans North U.S., works to conserve the unique ecosystems and vibrant Native communities that depend on North America’s Arctic waters. In Alaska, these include the Beaufort, Chukchi and Bering seas. The region supports some of the world's last intact marine ecosystems, and its well-being is threatened by climate change, loss of sea ice, and rapid development.
- To develop a sound scientific basis for managing Arctic fisheries before opening the Chukchi and Beaufort seas to commercial fishing.
- To defer offshore oil and gas activity in U.S. Arctic waters until a precautionary, science-based plan is developed that reflects the concerns and needs of the region’s indigenous communities.
- To provide permanent protection for Bristol Bay from offshore oil and gas activity.
- To examine the potential impacts of increased commercial vessel traffic in the region before opening it to transcontinental vessels.
About The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Environmental Initiatives
The aim of Pew’s environmental initiatives is to strengthen policies and practices in ways that produce significant and measurable protection for terrestrial and marine systems worldwide.