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Sustainability
Alaska understands the importance of marine sanctuaries and protected areas. Fisheries managers have established many marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Federal and state waters off Alaska to protect ecological structure and function, establish control sites for scientific research studies, conserve benthic habitat, protect vulnerable stocks and protect cultural resources. Over 40 named MPAs are established in state and Federal waters. All of the MPAs include measures to prohibit a particular fishery or gear type on a seasonal or year-round basis, and several MPAs prohibit virtually all commercial fishing. As a group they are an important component of the management program for sustainable fisheries and conserving marine biodiversity off Alaska.

Publications:
Application of Marine Protected Areas for Sustainable Production and Marine Biodiversity off Alaska
The document “Application of Marine Protected Areas for Sustainable Production and Marine Biodiversity off Alaska” appears here courtesy of the senior author. We are grateful for the assistance in educating interested readers about sustainable fisheries management in Alaska.