Marine Mammal Commission

Our Mission

To provide independent, science-based oversight of domestic and international policies and actions of federal agencies addressing human impacts on marine mammals and their ecosystems.

Join Us in Alaska for Our Upcoming Listening Sessions

The Arctic is changing faster than anywhere else on earth. How is climate change impacting the Arctic marine environment and subsistence hunting of marine mammals by Alaska Native communities? We will focus on these questions at a series of listening sessions in Alaska in early February. Our goal is to gain a better understanding of how climate change is impacting Alaska Native communities and the marine mammals upon which they depend, and hear your ideas on actions that can be taken in response.

We will be visiting communities in Barrow, Kotzebue, and Nome (details below), and we want to hear your stories and experiences. Our last meeting will be in Anchorage, where we will discuss and summarize what we heard and discuss potential next steps (see agenda). If you cannot make it in person, remote access to the Anchorage meeting will be available via webinar. To join the webinar, see the call-in information and meeting agenda provided here.

All four meetings will be open to the public.

Dates and Locations

Barrow, AK

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
3 pm – 5 pm
Inupiat Heritage Center
5421 North Star Street

Kotzebue, AK

Friday, February 5, 2016
1 pm – 5 pm
Northwest Arctic Borough Assembly Room
163 Lagoon Street

Nome, AK

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
3 pm – 6 pm
UAF Northwest Campus, Main Building
Nagozruk Conference Room
400 East Front Street

Anchorage, AK

Thursday, February 11, 2016
8 am – 1 pm
William A. Egan Civic and Convention Center
Summit Hall, Lower Level
555 West 5th Avenue
Agenda and call-in information for joining the webinar