The Pribilof Islands Collaborative:Collaborative Solutions for Complex Problems Randy Hagenstein, The Nature Conservancy Aquilina Lestenkoff, Tribal Government of St. Paul Lori Swanson, The Groundfish Forum
Who and What is the PIC? • Comprised of community leaders, scientists, fishing industry representatives, and environmental interests • Convene regularly to discuss issues and propose research and policy measures that support the Pribilof Island communities and the local wildlife resources those communities depend on.
Goals • Seek agreement on areas of common interest • Identify information gaps • Identify actions that support the goal of sustainable fisheries, wildlife, and economies • Address four primary subjects including: Northern fur seals, seabirds, halibut and crabs, and economies
Action Items • Promote Northern Fur Seal research plan • Obtain Russian fur seal data • Follow up on Fur Seal Conservation Plan • Promote research on restoration of crab stocks • Support marine debris cleanup • Advocate for marine debris source control • Promote reduction of seabird/vessel interactions • Support & implement rat eradication & prevention • Promote ecosystem research at NPRB • Evaluate Pribilof Islands Habitat Conservation Area
Success • PIC’s diverse membership and collaborative design have helped make its recommendations persuasive before the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, North Pacific Research Board and other key decision making bodies.
Participants: Alaska Crab Coalition, Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Alaska Marine Conservation Council, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska Sealife Center, Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Aleutian Pribilof Islands Community Development Association, At Sea Processors Association, Audubon Society, Central Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association, City of St. George, City of St. Paul, Ecotrust, Groundfish Forum, International Pacific Halibut Commission, Marine Conservation Alliance, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Marine Mammal Laboratory, North Pacific Longliners Association, Oceana, Pacific Environment, Pacific Marine Environmental Lab, SeaState, St. George Fishermen’s Association, Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference (SWAMC), Tanadgusix Corporation, Tanax Corporation, The Tribal Government of St. Paul, Traditional Council of St. George, Trustees for Alaska, The Nature Conservancy, University of Alaska, University of Washington, US Fish & Wildlife Service, World Wildlife Fund Facilitators: Meg King (Univ. Alaska), Brock Bernstein (National Fisheries Conservation Center) Fiscal Agent: Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference (SWAMC) Financial supporters: NOAA, North Pacific Research Board, Oak Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, Tribal Government of St. Paul Island, Tribal Government of St. George Island, Aleutian Pribilof Islands Community Development Association, Central Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association, National Science Foundation, TDX Corporation, Alaska Conservation Foundation The PIC would like to thank: For More Information: http://www.worldwildlife.org/beringsea_erbc