Tribal Consultations in Alaska
NOAA Fisheries consults with tribes and Native corporations about Federal actions that may affect tribal governments and their members.
Executive Order 13175 sets the framework for regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with Alaska Native representatives in the development of policies, legislation, regulations, and programs.
If an Alaska Native tribe or Native corporation would like to initiate a consultation on any issue that is under the authority of NOAA Fisheries, a person representing the tribe or Native corporation should write to the Alaska Regional Administrator at: James W. Balsiger, Ph.D., Regional Administrator, NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, Alaska 99801, PH: (907) 586-7221. Please identify in the letter a contact person from the tribe or Native corporation for further coordination and the best method to contact that person.
The Sustainable Fisheries Division follows a consultation process governed by Executive Order (E.O.) 13175.
For additional information about tribal consultation issues under the Sustainable Fisheries Division, please contact:
For information about tribal consultation issues under the Habitat Conservation Division, please contact:
The process for tribal consultation on marine mammal issues is governed by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Co-management Agreements may be established between NOAA Fisheries and Alaska Native Organizations, including tribes and tribally authorized co-management bodies. Individual co-management agreements incorporate the spirit and intent of co-management through close cooperation and communication between NOAA Fisheries and the Alaska Native Organizations, hunters, and subsistence users. Agreements encourage the exchange of information regarding the conservation, management, and utilization of marine mammals in U.S. waters in and around Alaska. Existing agreements cover co-management structures, monitoring subsistence harvests, collecting and analyzing data on marine mammal populations, and participating in marine mammal research.
For additional information about tribal consultation issues under the Protected Resources Division, please contact: