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, 2021. This grant supports IPCoMM’s base operations and infrastructure needs, as well as the base operations of two Alaska Native organization that are sub-recipients to IPCoMM: Bristol Bay Native Association (for the Bristol Bay Marine Mammal Council); and Alaska Sea Otter and Steller Sea Lion Commission. These ANOs are IPCoMM members that work with marine mammal species under NMFS’ jurisdiction, and use marine mammals for subsistence purposes.