Issued December 9, 2016
This is an extensive order establishing a number of important initiatives with regard to the Bering Sea and the changing climate conditions. It refers to a previous executive order as a base upon which this is built. Among other things, the order creates a task force co-chaired by offices from three departments/agencies (Department of Interior, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Coast Guard) to implement the order.
In addition, the order establishes The Bering Intergovernmental Tribal Advisory Council as a means for effectively communicating with and honoring the traditional knowledge of the Alaskan Native tribal governments.
Issues addressed by this order include leases, pollution by ships, shipping lanes, etc.
I am pleased to see the establishment of structures that will help monitor and counteract environmental changes in the region, but more importantly that will provide official ways for communication of tribal governments.