Join us August 24th for a Waterside Chat featuring the proposed Heart of the Ocean (Alaĝum Kanuux) marine sanctuary in the waters off Alaska. Host Tom Sadler will speak with guests Marissa Merculieff, director of the Office of Justice and Governance Administration for the Aleut Community of Saint Paul Island, host Tom Sadler, and Lauren Divine, director of the Ecosystem Conservation Office for the Tribal Government of Saint Paul Island (all three featured in the fortuitous photo above). Register now to learn more about:
- The conservation and cultural significance of the Alaĝum Kanuux sanctuary
- The vital species the area supports
- A historic co-management agreement to establish co-equal governance and decision making for the sanctuary
The Marine Fish Conservation Network’s Waterside Chat series connects people who depend on healthy oceans and fisheries with the issues that directly affect them and their communities. Each episode the Network’s Deputy Director Tom Sadler talks with different guests about ocean policy and fisheries management topics. He engages them in genuine and thoughtful conversations about what policy decisions mean for people’s livelihoods, communities, recreation, and coastal ways of life. You can Watch past Waterside Chats on our website, and please join our email list to learn about future episodes.
More about Heart of the Ocean
From the nomination proposal: “We are Unangax̂. The Pribilof Islands of Tanax̂ Amix̂ among the most unique and important places in the world. To us, the marine waters surrounding our islands are alaĝu kanuux̂, heart of the ocean.”
From NOAA’s Federal Register Notice of Alaĝum Kanuux: “The Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Tribal Government nominated the area for consideration as a national marine sanctuary to protect nationally significant biological and cultural resources in the area. The area’s ecosystem supports globally significant populations of marine mammals, seabirds, and fish, including various ecological and cultural keystone species such as northern fur seals and Steller sea lions. The oceanographic features of the area results in a highly productive zone that supports representative biogeographic assemblages of biodiversity and maintenance of critical habitat for foraging and for important life stages of many threatened and endangered species, as well as species considered to be keystone, foundation, or focal.”