UNIVERSITY of ALASKA MUSEUM 

ALASKA NATIVE HARBOR SEAL COMMISSION (ANHSC)

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Ms. Monica Reidel
Dr. Vicki Vanek

ABSTRACT

The ANHSC was organized in May of 1995. It is a tribal consortium comprised of native communities within the range of the harbor seal off the coast of Alaska. The goal of the commission is to strengthen the role of Alaska Natives in resource policy and decisions affecting harbor seals and their use. Since October of 1996 the ANHSC has conducted a biosampling program in cooperation with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. To date, more than 55 Native Alaskan hunters have been certified to collect tissue samples from harvested seals. Over 183 sample sets have been placed in archives at the University of Alaska museum in Fairbanks for future studies.

Funded by the North Pacific Marine Research Program.
The Alaska Native Harbor Seal Commission's web site.


Content author ANHSC, March 2000.