The International Bering Sea Forum was formed at
the April 2003 Sustaining the Bering Conference in Girdwood, Alaska.
Because the Bering ecosystem lies in US, Russian, and international
waters, conference participants agreed that only international cooperation
would lead to sustainable management of the Bering. Also, because
the Bering's ecosystem has a direct effect on coastal communities,
indigenous peoples, and fishing families, participants agreed that
all these interests should be represented on the Forum.
The Forum was founded in the belief that the Bering
Sea ecosystem is a global treasure that is under threat from a number
of factors, including overfishing, poaching, climate change, and
pollution. The Forum is the most ambitious effort to date at an
international, multi-stakeholder approach to conservation of the
Members of the Forum represent a diverse set of citizens
from the United States and Russia, including scientists, indigenous
leaders, environmentalists, and fishermen who are committed to the
sustainable management of the Bering Sea. The Forum is an independent,
The goals of the Forum are:
· Advocate for the protection of the Bering Sea, and
the species that depend on the Bering habitat for their survival.
· Promote the sustainable livelihood of local communities that depend
upon the Bering, including coastal communities, indigenous communities,
and fishing families.
· Share information, foster greater international collaboration,
and promote greater understanding worldwide of the importance of
the Bering Sea.
· Seek to proactively reform existing fisheries policies to achieve
sustainable management of the Bering.
While the Forum does not have regulatory authority,
it will pro-actively advocate for policies and positions with the
governmental agencies now overseeing the Bering. It will rely upon
both sound scientific information as well as traditional native
knowledge to make its determinations.
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