Story: The Norton Sound King Crab Fishery succeeds with small-scale fishing.

The Norton Sound King Crab Fishery existed for years as subsistence, then they started selling, and locals petitioned the Board of Fish to open a commercial fishery. Read more…

Other Economic Activities

"We are self-rescue community here, so any risky activity on the water is even more risky."
Nome LCC Workshop Participant

Other Economic Activities as defined by the Adaptation Advisory Group (AAG) to the Alaska Governor’s Climate Change Sub-Cabinet are sectors of the Alaska economy not directly supported by living systems, such as oil and gas, mining, and recreation and tourism. Adaptations focus on ways to balance economic well-being with environmental health in a changing climate.

Integrate education, training and local job opportunities.

Educational curricula in schools throughout Alaska can include interactive learning, traditional culture and language, current educational requirements, opportunities for internships or on-the-job training, and an emphasis on innovation grounded in place and culture. This combination of blended educational components can prepare youth for jobs and entrepreneurial projects that will allow them to commit and contribute to their communities, as well as support adults in lifelong learning. Communities, industry, government and educational instructions can support these educational initiatives.

Start small businesses that can thrive with local resources.

“How do we adapt and expand an economic model so that it doesn’t become industrial scale? Can we provide for subsistence infrastructure, and allow for transition from subsistence to customary trade to small commercial ventures (i.e., buy a boat and motor and do other things)? If all commercial fishing is factory trawlers and our only economic opportunity is controlled by big industry that isn’t grounded in the community, then residents become disenfranchised, forced into welfare. Can we adapt our economy to keep pace with change? We want small precise tools that allow us to retain local control: local fisheries, local family industry, supporting family and contributing year-round to the community.” – Nome LCC Workshop Participant

Communities, individuals and regional entities can encourage local businesses that fit well with community values and local resources. Communities can also build on customary trade of resources to grow business networks.

Align economic and environmental interests in resource development and maritime industry.

Regional entities, resource managers, researchers and industry can use scenario planning to consider and proactively respond to the environmental and economic potentials of resource development. Individuals and organizations can attend meetings or submit comments in regional planning or regulatory review processes, inform shipping regulations and help articulate a regional response to shipping activity or other marine-based economic developments. Regions can develop Waterway Safety Committees composed of diverse stakeholders to address issues with transiting boat traffic, such as dumping, using the harbor for shelter but not communicating with the community, etc. Agencies and their partners can continue to monitor vessel traffic and provide that information for communities and resource managers to support their activities.

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