Arctic shipping routes Looking south toward Little Diomede and Big Diomede islands, located in the center of the Bering Strait. Photo by E. Soolook.

Bering Strait Maritime Symposium

Mini Convention Center
Nome, Alaska
February 5–6, 2013

Contact: Gay Sheffield,
(907) 443-2397


The Bering Strait Maritime Symposium will link Tribal and city government representation from nine Bering Strait communities with federal and state agencies, to talk about the top concerns the communities have regarding increased large vessel traffic in the region.

Topics to be discussed include response procedures to oil spills and other pollution, changes in the availability and accessibility of marine resources for subsistence harvest, boating safety and search and rescue, international border issues, and other potential ship issues as they relate to the Bering Strait.

Several agencies will participate: U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Office of Navigation, International Maritime Organization, Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, University of Alaska Fairbanks Seward Marine Center, Eskimo Walrus Commission, Norton Sound Health Corporation, and others.

The symposium is funded by a Sea Grant—NOAA Regional Team Collaboration Grant.

For more information

Gay Sheffield
Marine Advisory Agent
400 E. Front St.
Nome, Alaska
(907) 443-2397 (office)
(907) 434-1149 (cell)

Steering committee

Partners and sponsors

Gift bag materials are provided by Kawerak Inc., Nanuuq Commission, U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska Sea Grant, University of Alaska Fairbanks Northwest Campus, University of Alaska Fairbanks Seward Marine Center, and others.