Marine Mammals Management
Alaska Region


Polar Bear

North Slope Borough/Inuvialuit Game Council Agreement

Concern by the Inupiat and Inuvialuit of northern Alaska and Canada for the long-term welfare of the southern Beaufort Sea polar bear population provided the incentive to cooperate in management and conservation of polar bears in this region. In 1988, the “Management Agreement for Polar Bears in the Southern Beaufort Sea," was ratified.

The 1988 Agreement provides for:

  • protection of cubs and their mothers and denning females;
  • restrictions on hunting seasons;
  • allocation guidelines;
  • prohibitions on the use of aircraft or large motorized vessels to take polar bears;
  • protection of the environment; and
  • continued support for polar bear research and data acquisition.

Last updated: September 10, 2008