Co-Management Plan for Subsistence Use of Marine Mammals on St. Paul Island, Alaska
This co-management plan represents a cooperative effort to identify, prioritize, and implement management measures necessary to improve food security on St. Paul Island and conserve marine mammal species used for subsistence purposes.
NOAA Fisheries and Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Tribal Government (ACSPI) revised and aligned the co-management agreement with the new subsistence use regulation governing laaqudan on St. Paul Island in 2020. This annual in-season co-management plan specifies details of hunting and harvest management, monitoring, and reporting that the St. Paul Island Co-management Council, with input from the community via a Tribal subsistence use advisory committee, will implement via consensus within the parameters of the regulations and goals of the co-management agreement. This plan provides a flexible framework to make non-regulatory in-season adjustments to the locations, timing, and methods of subsistence use of laaqudan, qawan, and isuĝin on St. Paul Island.