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We are the hunters and providers for our communities. With hunting comes great responsibility. We are the original stewards of our resources. Through our cooperative agreement with the United States federal government, we co-manage the harvest of the bowhead whale. This includes stewardship and mitigation of impacts to the habitat of the bowhead, which we have done for thousands of years.
The Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission manages the bowhead whale subsistence hunt locally through a Cooperative Agreement with the United States Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Advocacy & Stewardship
Since 1977, representatives of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission have attended every meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to advocate for our subsistence hunting rights and provide the required scientific research on the bowhead whale and the efficiency of our harvests.
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