The Bering Sea is one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world, supporting large numbers of marine mammals, sea birds, fish and shellfish. Over 70 Indigenous communities have relied on the Bering Sea for millennia and continue to do so to this day.
But, due to record-breaking temperatures caused by climate change that have led to reductions in sea ice and snow, Native communities are facing more hazardous and unpredictable conditions when hunting or fishing traditional foods. Other threats such as overfishing, habitat destruction, poaching, bottom-sea trawling, and pollution have also led to a decline in wildlife species.
Through this project, First Nations provides financial support and technical assistance to organizations in Bering Sea Native communities to address the depletion of marine resources needed to sustain their communities and people.
In 2022, First Nations awarded grants of $50,000 each to eligible organizations in Native communities that are working to protect marine resources in the Bering Sea ecoregion.