IPCoMM collaborates with federal agencies, NMFS and FWS, on marine mammal subsistence issues. One such example is the Memorandum of Agreement for Negotiation of Marine Mammal Protection Act Section 119 Agreements among the U.S. Dept. of Commerce (NMFS), U.S. Dept. of Interior (USFWS), and IPCoMM, which was signed in October 30, 2006. Otherwise known as the “Umbrella Agreement,” this MOA provides a foundation and direction for developing co-management agreements between Alaska Native organizations and federal agencies.
IPCoMM capacity building
IPCoMM is currently working under a grant from NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service for the remainder of this fiscal year which ends on September 30, 2017. This grant supports IPCoMM’s base operations and infrastructure needs, as well as the base operations of one Alaska Native organization that is sub-recipient to IPCoMM: Bristol Bay Native Association (for the Bristol Bay Marine Mammal Council). This ANO is an IPCoMM member that works with marine mammal species under NMFS’ jurisdiction, and uses marine mammals for subsistence purposes.
IPCoMM is also currently working under a grant from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) that funds travel for IPCoMM members to attend meetings, to visit legislators and agencies, which allows members to educate them on the need for continuous subsistence uses of marine mammals in Alaskan waters.