Arctic Ocean - U.S.



The Pew Charitable Trusts' work in the U.S. Arctic helps conserve the unique ecosystems and vibrant Native communities that depend on North America’s Arctic waters. In Alaska, these include the Beaufort, Chukchi and Bering seas. The region supports some of the world's last intact marine ecosystems, and its well-being is threatened by climate change, loss of sea ice, and rapid development.

The Pew Charitable Trusts works closely with Alaska Natives, scientists, local governments and conservation groups to achieve key policy goals for conservation of the Arctic ecosystem. Combining science, traditional knowledge, outreach and media, this work helps to develop sound policies for four immediate goals:
  • To develop a sound scientific basis for managing Arctic fisheries before opening the Chukchi and Beaufort seas to commercial fishing.
  • To defer offshore oil and gas activity in U.S. Arctic waters until a precautionary, science-based plan is developed that reflects the concerns and needs of the region’s indigenous communities.
  • To provide permanent protection for Bristol Bay from offshore oil and gas activity.
  • To examine the potential impacts of increased commercial vessel traffic in the region before opening it to transcontinental vessels.

Media Contact

Christine Fletcher

Officer, Communications