Eleanor Huffines is a senior officer with Pew’s Arctic Ocean-U.S. project, which works to promote science- and community-based conservation of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas. Huffines collaborates with communities, scientists, and government personnel to influence policy affecting the environment, subsistence cultures, and sustainable development.
Huffines has spent more than 20 years living and working in Alaska. Before joining Pew, she served as regional director for the Wilderness Society and conservation director for the National Outdoor Leadership School. She also spent 10 years as a guide with the school, leading people from around the world on paddling, hiking, and climbing expeditions throughout Alaska and the Arctic. Huffines has served on the Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Council, Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, and Trustees for Alaska Public Interest Law Firm board of directors, among other bodies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Vessel traffic through the Bering Strait and northern Bering Sea could become safer as a result of new recommendations from the U.S. Coast Guard. This week the Coast Guard released its Bering Strait Port Access Route Study after a yearslong public process to develop a route and additional safety measures for the gateway between the Pacific and Arctic oceans. Read More
In late summer 2010, thousands of walruses came ashore, or hauled out, within earshot of the Iñupiat Eskimo community of Point Lay on the northwest coast of Alaska. Small numbers of these marine mammals were known to haul out from time to time in this region, and a massive herd had first done so a few years earlier. But this was the first time the animals had chosen a spot close to human... Read More