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Obama creates 'resilience area' off Alaska, to protect Bering ecosystem
Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area will focus 'locally tailored' protections on marine resources

U.S. President Barack Obama took action Friday to give Alaska Native villages more of a say in the federal management of marine resources in the Bering Sea.

The White House announced Friday that Obama had used an executive order to create a Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area that will focus “locally tailored” protections on marine resources.

The order permanently bars oil exploration in 104,370 square kilometres of Norton Basin and St. Matthew Island, two areas already recognized as important hunting areas. It also will boost federal consultation with Alaska tribes and 39 communities that line the west coast of Alaska.

The area within the newly created resilience area covers 290,855 square kilometres. It supports what may be the world’s largest annual marine mammal migration of bowhead and beluga whales, Pacific walrus, ice seals and migratory birds.

Residents of coastal villages dependent on marine resources have urged that that their views be heard as the Arctic is affected by climate warming, expanding ship traffic and possible offshore petroleum drilling.

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Obama administration offers parting protections for Alaska waters and tribes
An executive order blocks off two offshore oil leasing areas in the Bering Sea and sets up a task force to manage federal activities in a more than 100,000-square-mile region.

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The White House on Friday announced parting protections for portions of Alaska’s Arctic, including closing off two offshore areas to future oil leases and establishing a required federal focus on the input of Native people in the region.

President Barack Obama has made clear that the future of the Arctic is of interest to him: He was the first sitting president to visit Alaska’s Arctic in 2015 and has spoken extensively about protecting the region from climate change. The changes released Friday will likely require some effort for the incoming administration to undo.

The executive order closely mirrors requests brought to the White House this year by the Association of Village Council Presidents, Kawerak Inc. and the Bering Sea Elders Group.

The president’s executive order closes off 40,300 square miles from oil and gas leasing — the Norton Basin planning area and parts of the St. Matthew-Hall planning area. The areas are in the waters offshore of Nome and surrounding St. Lawrence Island.

The executive order came not just with oil and gas leasing restrictions, but with creation of a 112,300-square-mile area — they named it the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area — where a task force will help coordinate federal activities “focusing a locally tailored collection of protections related to oil and gas, shipping and fishing,” the announcement said. The goals of the task force include conserving natural resources and a subsistence culture for the more than 40 Yup'ik and Inupiaq tribes in the area.

The president has also ordered federal agencies to consider traditional knowledge in their actions and set up a formal consultation program to employ the input of regional tribal governments.

The move comes just one day after Alaska’s all-Republican congressional delegation — Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young — sent Obama a letter objecting to any use of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to withdraw offshore waters from future oil and gas leases.

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