The mission of the BBNA Natural Resources Department (NRD) is to protect the rights of its 31 Bristol Bay villages to choose how to continue to meet their subsistence, cultural, and economic needs. Consistent with solid stewardship, sustainability and self-reliance, the program helps advance our village’s natural resource management goals.
The purposes of the Natural Resources Department
- Protect the rights of Bristol Bay Tribes to choose how to continue to meet their subsistence, cultural and economic needs; and
- Further natural resource management goals of Bristol Bay Tribes, consistent with traditional stewardship, sustainability and self-reliance.
- Ensure effective participation from the Bristol Bay Region in all state and federal regulatory processes that effect subsistence resources.
Staff and Contact Information
Christopher Maines, Subsistence Outreach Specialist
Susan Flensburg, Environmental Program Manager
CaSandera Johnson, Tribal Environmental Response Program Coordinator
Helen Aderman, Marine Mammal Program Manager
Cody Larson, Subsistence Fisheries Scientist
Programs within the Natural Resource Department
2018 BBNA Subsistence Mini-Grant Program
The Subsistence Mini-Grant Program goal is to offer tribal members in the Bristol Bay region to facilitate events with traditional knowledge transfer while maintaining or increasing participation in subsistence activities demonstrating our way of life. The applicants will identify the potential for inter-generational teachings of ecological knowledge. Grant funds in the amount up to $2000.00 are available to support subsistence projects and activities.
The grant money can be used but not limited to the purchase of berry pickers, fishing gear, cold weather gear, survival supplies, subsistence potluck celebrations, door prizes, gift certificates, smoke housebuilding materials, etc.
Click HERE to download the Mini-Grant Guidelines & Application
Application Due: May 31, 2018
Bristol Bay Native Association 2018 Natural Resources Scholarship
The Bristol Bay Native Association (BBNA) is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for Bristol Bay Tribal Members who are planning or currently enrolled in a natural resource field. This grant is currently funded through the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Subsistence Grant.
Purpose: The BBNA Natural Resources Scholarship is dedicated to the support of Bristol Bay tribal members within the BBNA service area pursuing a higher education in Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, wildlife biology, fisheries management or related fields.
Click HERE to download information on the 2018 Natural Resources Scholarship
Deadline: June 30, 2018, 4:30 p.m. AKST
Christopher Maines, Subsistence Outreach Specialist is the primary contact person regarding the grant and scholarship opportunities. If you have any questions please contact: Christopher Maines via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 907-842-5257 for more information.
The Department is guided by the Bristol Bay Regional Vision Project, a region-wide vision statement that was created after Bristol Bay leaders listened to the opinions and concerns of nearly 1,400 participants from across the Bristol Bay region. There was strong agreement across the region about the most important aspects of peoples’ lives and goals for the future, including sustaining our region’s natural resources by protecting our land, waters and way of life. For more information, please visit www.bristolbayvision.org.
Current Issues We Are Working On
- Wildlife and Fisheries Research
- Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Southwest Alaska
- Sustainable Fisheries Management
- Climate Change and Coastal Resiliency
- Pebble Mine and Habitat Protection
- Halibut and Salmon Bycatch in the Bering Sea
- Brownfields and Contaminated Sites
- Marine Mammal Conservation
- Migratory Bird Co-Management
- Nushagak Peninsula and Mulchatna Caribou Management
- Village Based Environmental Programs
- And more…
Organizations and Processes NRD is Involved In
Fish and Game Management (State)
- *Alaska Board of Fisheries
- *Alaska Board of Game
- *Alaska regional Fish and Game Advisory Council’s (Chignik, Lake Iliamna, Lower Bristol Bay, Naknek/Kvichak, Nushagak, Togiak)
Fish and Game Management (Federal)
- *Federal Subsistence Board (FSB)
- *Bristol Bay Regional Advisory Council (BB RAC)
- *North Pacific Fisheries Management Council (NPFMC)
Joint State and Federal Wildlife Management and Research Entities
- *Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative (WALCC)
- *Nushagak Peninsula Caribou Advisory Committee
- *Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council (AMBCC)
- *Western Alaska Salmon Coalition (WASC)
- *North Pacific Research Board (NPRB)
- *Bristol Bay Marine Mammal Council (BBMMC)
- *Qayassiq Walrus Commission (QWC)
- *Ice Seal Committee (ISC)
- *Alaska Beluga Whale Committee (ABWC)
- *Alaska Native Harbor Seal Commission (ANHSC)
- *Eskimo Whaling Commission (EWC)
- *Indigenous People’s Council on Marine Mammals (IPCoMM)
- *The Alaska Sea Otter and Stellar Sea Lion Commission