USFWS
Marine Mammals Management
Alaska Region

 

Polar Bear

Inuvialuit-Inupiat Polar Bear Management Agreement in the Southern Beaufort Sea

 

The Inuvialuit-Inupiat Polar Bear Management Agreement in the Southern Beaufort Sea (I-I Agreement), signed in 1988 and reaffirmed in 2000 by the Inuvialuit Game Council, and the North Slope Borough Fish and Game Management Committee, is a voluntary user-to-user agreement between Inuvialuit (in Canada) and Inupiat (in Alaska) hunters. The I-I Agreement provides for annual quotas, hunting seasons, protection of bears in or during construction of dens, females accompanied by cubs-of-the-year and yearlings, collection of information and specimens to monitor harvest composition, and annual meetings to exchange information on the harvest, research, and management. The I-I also establishes a Joint Commission to implement the I-I Agreement, and a Technical Advisory Committee, consisting of biologists from agencies in the U.S. and Canada involved in research and management, to collect and evaluate scientific data and make recommendations to the Joint Commission.

For additional information regarding the I-I Agreement, please visit the North Slope Borough’s website

 

Last updated: March 2017