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Cooperative Agreements Between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission

June 02, 2022

Cooperative Agreement 1998. Links to agreements from 2003, 2008 and 2013 below.

2003 Cooperative Agreement

2008 Cooperative Agreement

2013 Cooperative Agreement

The purposes of these agreements are to protect the bowhead whale and the Eskimo culture, to promote scientific investigation of the bowhead whale, and to effectuate the other purposes of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Whaling Convention Act, and the Endangered Species Act as these acts relate to aboriginal subsistence whaling.

In order to achieve these purposes, these agreements provide for:

  1. Cooperation between members of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the management of the bowhead whale hunt for 1981 through 2002.
  2. An exclusive enforcement mechanism that shall apply during the term of this agreement to any violation by whaling captains (or their crews) who are registered members of the AEWC of any provisions of:
  • the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, or the Whaling Convention Act, as these acts may relate to aboriginal subsistence whaling
  • the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling 1946
  • regulations of the International Whaling Commission
  • the Management Plan
  • these agreements

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 06/02/2022

Cooperative Agreements Co-Management