CRRC 2018 Q2 Newsletter

by | May 14, 2018 | News, Newsletter

Chugach Regional Resources Commission
Quarterly Update

CRRC has been busy these last few months! Take a look below to see what staff have been up to. We also include other regional and noteworthy news.

After a brief hiatus, CRRC is proud to announce that the IQSAK K-12 Science Curriculum Project’s website is up and running thanks to Darin Yates of Web Mountain Media.

The Purpose of this project is to develop a K-12 curriculum for the Chugach region that reflects Alaska Native beliefs, values and understandings of the natural world and science education standards. Chugach Regional Resources Commission believes that a culturally-based natural resource science curriculum would enhance Alaska Native Students’ education and motivation to pursue post secondary degrees and careers in the sciences and natural resource management.

Senator Lisa Murkowski Introduces Ocean Acidification Bill

S.2229 – Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2017.

A bill to direct the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to conduct coastal community vulnerability assessments related to ocean acidification, and for other purposes.  


The Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2017 would conduct coastal community vulnerability assessments related to Ocean Acidification.  The act strengthens collaborations with a wide range of stakeholders including Indigenous Knowledge groups, IOOS, regional Ocean Acidification Networks, and Sea Grants into the planning and implementation of coastal community vulnerability assessments.
The act requires that the assessment identifies: (1) the communities that are most dependent on ocean and coastal resources, (2) the nature of the social and economic vulnerabilities of the communities, and (3) identify the harmful impacts of ocean acidification on those communities.

CRRC staff attended, presented (see poster above) and moderated the Cultural and Subsistence Resources session at the First Annual Tribes and First Nations Climate Summit in Tulalip Washington.

Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery’s OA work highlighted as a national case study

The Alaska Board of Game (board) is accepting proposed changes for hunting and trapping regulations for the Southeast Region (Game Management Units 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) and the Southcentral Region (Game Management Units 6, 7, 8, 14C and 15), including the following topics:
Hunting seasons and bag limits, including subsistence and general hunts for all species; trapping seasons and bag limits; big game prey populations and objectives for intensive management; predation control areas implementation plans; restricted areas, including controlled use areas, management areas, closed areas, and closures in state game refuges.
Proposals may be submitted by mail, fax, or online:
Email:  (Adobe PDF documents only)
Mail: ADF&G, Boards Support Section
P.O. Box 115526 Juneau, AK  99811-5526
Fax: (907) 465-6094          
Proposals must be received by Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the Boards Support Section office in Juneau. (A postmark is NOT sufficient for timely receipt).
Board of Game proposal forms available from the Boards Support Section regional offices and on the website  

For more information, please contact the ADF&G Boards Support Section at (907) 465-6098, or email .

CRRC receives Alaska Native
Social Justice Fund Award

The Alaska Community Foundation has awarded a one-year grant of $20,000 to Chugach Regional Resources Commission to support the Hunting, Fishing, and Gathering Regulations Workshop. This grant comes from the Alaska Native Social Justice Fund, one of many funds established at ACF. This fund was made possible through the generous grant from the Marguerite Casey Foundation.

The Nanwalek Seal Dancers visited the 2018 CRRC Subsistence Memorial Gathering on March 22, 2018. Check out the CRRC Facebook page for more photos and videos of the night!