Use of Traditional Knowledge by the United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to Support Resource Management

Short Description

Map of AlaskaAlaska Native peoples in the United States Arctic have voiced concerns regarding past and potential effects of oil and gas exploration and development activities on subsistence resources and their way of life. They expressed concerns that noise from seismic exploration, vessel traffic, aircraft, and drilling disturbs whales and other marine mammals to deflect their movement patterns farther out to sea. This can result in more expensive and dangerous sussistence hunting trips during which hunters may be exposed to greater risks due to rougher seas, shifting ice, shipping traffic, and stronger offshore currents. The purpose of ths paper is to describe how the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has defined traditional knowledge and present examples of how traditional knowledge, with science, has been applied to inform BOEM's decision-making process. 

Suggested Citation

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (2017). Use of Traditional Knowledge by the United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to Support Resource Management, (DOI:10.5817/CPR2017-2-15) Washington, D.C. U.S. Government Printing Office. https://independent.academia.edu/RodneyCluck