Bowhead Whale Subsistence Harvest Research

This research has been ongoing since the early 1980’s with many other collaborators in the past, including: Tom Albert, Harry Brower, Jr., Taqulik Hepa, Charlie Brower, Cyd Hanns, Todd O’Hara, Mike Philo, Cheryl Rosa, John Reynolds, Dana Wetzel, Teri Rowles, and many more.

Alaska natives have been hunting bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) for thousands of years. This traditional subsistence hunt is protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and hunting is allowed for registered members of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission (AEWC). A quota for the number of whales taken by the AEWC is determined by the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

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ISO Topics biota, oceans
Primary Contact Craig George (
Other Contacts Gay Sheffield (Email:
Primary Organization North Slope Borough
Other Organizations National Marine Fisheries Service NOAA , National Marine Mammal Laboratory NOAA , US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Organization Types Academic, Federal, Local, State
Geo-keywords North Slope
Start Date 1997-01-01
Created February 23, 2016, 01:39 (AKST)
Last Updated September 28, 2022, 16:48 (AKDT)