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Enforcing the Polar Bear Treaty

Monday, May 2, 2011
Profile by Ben Matheson

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Last summer's joint US/Russian treaty limits the number of polar bears that Alaska Native hunters can harvest in the Chukchi Sea.
The Alaska Nanuuq Commission is working on a management plan to enforce last summer's polar bear treaty, an agreement between the United States and Russia which, for the first time, sets a limit on the Chukchi polar bear harvest for Alaska Native hunters. The Nanuuq Commission is visiting communities and seeking feedback on how to distribute the quota and handle enforcement mechanisms.

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