North Aleutian Basin Energy-Fisheries Workshop

Anchorage Marriott Downtown Hotel
Anchorage, Alaska, USA
March 18–19, 2008

The proceedings of this workshop is available in hard copy or as a free downloadable PDF; view book details at our online bookstore.

Workshop Follow-up

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The public is invited to participate in discussions during the North Aleutian Basin Energy-Fisheries Workshop, scheduled for March 18–19, 2008, in Anchorage.

Around the world, marine fisheries and coastal communities find themselves in the midst of expanding oil and gas exploration and extraction activities. In some places, local stakeholders have been proactive in creating mechanisms to learn about energy development plans, discuss concerns, propose needed research, and find common ground. Energy interests have found these forums to be beneficial in establishing ongoing dialogue to learn about the region, share experiences, and address concerns.

An opportunity for such a dialogue exists in Alaska's North Aleutian Basin, the site of proposed federal oil and gas lease sales. The 2007–2012 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Proposed Program, developed by the U.S. Department of Interior Minerals Management Service (MMS), calls for North Aleutian Basin Lease Sale 214 to occur in 2011.

In 2007, many of the region's fishing groups and seafood processors, Native organizations, community leaders, environmentalists and conservationists, and energy interests launched the North Aleutian Basin Energy-Fisheries Initiative. This collaboration between regional stakeholders and the oil and gas industry seeks to create a mechanism for dialog, information exchange, and research planning.