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Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands LCC


The Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands Landscape Conservation Cooperative

Our Mission:

The Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands Landscape Conservation Cooperative (ABSI) promotes coordination, dissemination, and development of applied science to inform conservation of natural and cultural resources in the face of climate change and other landscape-scale stressors.

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Steering Committee News

Humpback WhaleIn May 2015, the National Park Service (NPS) joined the ABSI Steering Committee. Represented by Dr. Tahzay Jones, Coordinator of their Oceans and Coastal Programs in Alaska, our partnership now includes eight members at the Steering Committee table. The NPS shares our concerns for understanding stressors which may impact coastal and marine resources, and we look forward to their participation and contributions to the ABSI partnership.

Climate Vulnerability Assessment

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ABSI and our partners from Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) and the Alaska Climate Science Center launched the Aleutians and Bering Climate Vulnerability Assessment (ABCVA) in late 2013. This project convened a team of 30 top researchers to evaluate the vulnerability of natural resources and communities to climate change. Over the past 18 months this team with expertise in marine mammals, seabirds, fisheries, subsistence practices and culture resources has volunteered their time to assess how climate change might affect the important resources of this region.

Find out more about the project HERE.


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 Marine Vessel Traffic

Bulk Carriers AnimationStarting with a three-year archive of satellite-based Automatic Identification System (AIS) locations, this project has begun to identify major vessel routes that transit through the Aleutian islands. The data set also includes the increasingly-used shipping routes through the Bering Strait. The animation shown above is one of several depicting seasonal vessel traffic in the ABSI region.

Results presented at a meeting of the Aleutian Islands Risk Assessment advisory panel in April 2014 helped inform an application from the U.S. Coast Guard to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the establishment of five Areas to be Avoided (ATBAs). The proposal was approved by the Maritime Safety Committee of the IMO on June 12, 2015. The recommendatory ATBAs will go into effect on January 1, 2016, and will be included on all new nautical charts produced after that date.

2014 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report
ABSI directly supported several applied science projects in 2014. We successfully leveraged additional funds toward our other priorities, including the development of a Landscape Conservation Design for the ABSI region. We also completed a Science and Operations Plan for FY2015-2016 that outlines our activities for the near-term future.

Download our 2014 Annual Report HERE.

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Strategic Science Plan

The ABSI LCC has completed a Strategic Science Plan to guide our activities for the next five years. A draft of the plan was available for public review and comment through September 21, 2013. The final version of the plan is now available for download.

In February 2014, the ABSI LCC Steering Committee held a two-day retreat to develop a shorter-term Science and Operations Plan that identifies in more detail where we intend to focus our efforts over the next 1-2 years.


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