Agreement between the Inuvialuit and the Inupiat on Polar Bear Management in the Southern Beaufort Sea

Filename: 1988-PolarBearInuvialuit-Inupiat.EN.txt

 1988 Agreement between the Inuvialuit and the Inupiat on Polar Bear Management in the Southern Beaufort Sea

Source: Truett, Joe C. 1993. Guidelines for Oil and Gas Operations in Polar Bear Habitats. U.S. Marine Minerals Service. http://www.alaska.boemre.gov/reports/1990rpts/93_0008.pdf, p. 63, downloaded on 20120423

The complete text of this agreement has not been found.

The 2000 Inuvialuit - Inupiat Polar Bear Management Agreement in the Southern Beaufort Sea states: "This Agreement supersedes the previous Agreement between the Inuvialuit and the Inupiat on Polar Bear Management in the Southern Beaufort Sea signed in January 1988."

"In 1987, the North Slope Borough Fish and Game Management Committee and the lnuvialuit Game Council from Canada signed an agreement on polar bear management in the southern Beaufort Sea region. This agreement governs Native take of polar bears from the shared Beaufort Sea population, which inhabits both U.S. and Canadian waters and on-shore areas. Among other measures, the agreement protects bears in dens and family groups with cubs, sets a hunting season, provides a framework for setting annual quotas for each country, and establishes a reporting system to collect information from harvested polar bears. The agreement has no regulatory backing but is voluntarily adhered to by the Natives of both countries.