Tool: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Walrus Management

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Marine Mammals Management office works to ensure that the Pacific walrus in Alaska continues to be a healthy, functioning component of the Bering and Chukchi Seas ecosystems. Management responsibilities include:

  • international cooperation with Russia on walrus management issues,
  • conducting population surveys, monitoring and modeling populations,
  • monitoring harvest by Alaska Natives,
  • developing habitat protection measures such as regulations to minimize incidental take for industrial operations in walrus habitat, and
  • collaborative management and research programs at the local, state, national, and international levels.

The Marine Mammals Management office takes an ecosystem approach to walrus management, carried out through the cooperative efforts of many partners, including the National Wildlife Refuges, the Eskimo Walrus Commission, Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), National Marine Fisheries Service, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Alaska SeaLife Center, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Wildlife Conservation Society, and the University of Alaska. The Marine Mammals Management office works closely with Tribal governments and Alaska Native Organizations such as the Eskimo Walrus and Qayassiq Walrus Commissions to co-manage the Pacific walrus population and ensure that it remains a functioning component of the arctic ecosystem and a sustainable subsistence resource.

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