IPCoMM was formally organized in Anchorage, Alaska in January 1992 following a Marine Mammal Conference in December 1991 sponsored by the Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. Some identified long-term marine mammal issues at that time were: (1) MMPA reauthorization; (2) Co-management; and (3) Involving traditional knowledge in the subsistence issue
Eighteen marine mammals commissions, councils and other Alaska Native organizations, plus one observer, are members of IPCoMM. IPCoMM plans meetings twice a year during which members discuss issues of common concern regarding marine mammal conservation and subsistence.
Mike Miller, Chair
Taqulik Hepa, Vice-Chair
Peggy Osterback, Secretary/Treasurer