Links & Publications

BSEG Publications

Northern Bering Sea and Bering  Strait: Food Security

The cold, rich waters of the northern Bering Sea and Bering Strait form the foundation of culture, food security, and economy for coastal Yupik and Inupiaq peoples. See Food Security Brochure

Northern Bering Sea and Bering  Strait: Ecosystem and Climate Change

For thousands of years the coastal Yupik and Inupiaq peoples of the northern Bering Sea and Bering Strait have relied on marine mammals, seabirds, fish, shellfish, and other marine resources for food. Hunting and fishing bind people to the sea, and tie families and communities together through the sharing of food and passing of knowledge and experience from one generation to the next. See Ecosystem & Climate Change Brochure

The Northern Bering Sea : Our Way of Life

This report shows extensive areas where Alaska Native hunters and local fishermen harvest ocean resources, and the marine waters important to the resources we rely on. It illustrates that the whole northern Bering Sea is the storehouse that supports our way of life.

Migration Map

Thousands of bowhead and beluga whales, hundreds of thousands of walruses, an estimated one million seals, and millions of seabirds migrate through the northern Bering Sea and Bering Strait. Large areas of the region are hunting and fishing territory for villages along the coast. See Migration Map


North Pacific Fishery Management Council

Develops fishery management plans and makes ongoing decisions regarding federally managed fisheries out to 200 miles from shore. NPFMC is advisory to the National Marine Fisheries Service. Both operate under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The NPFMC meets five times a year, usually three times in Anchorage, once in an Alaskan fishing community, and once in either Seattle or Portland.  For more information, please see

National Marine Fisheries Service

Federal agency responsible for managing U.S. fisheries and complying with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation & Management Act. NMFS approves decisions made by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.  For more information, please