CRRC has been working on climate change-related issues as they affect tribal lands, communities, and the subsistence resources upon which the Tribes depend. Currently, tribes do not have a strong connection to the research of the climate science community in spite of their vulnerability to climate change impacts. As such, CRRC has been identifying and addressing climate needs relative to understudied resources of high cultural value to serviced tribes and traditional knowledge.
On March 18, 2016, Chugach Regional Resources Commission (CRRC) held its first annual climate change workshop in Anchorage Alaska. CRRC brought together scientific experts, tribal leaders, community members, and interested public this day-long workshop. The participants enjoyed lectures from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, experienced lawyers and environmental planners, and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Healthy Village Environment Program. There were four main topics covered in this initial workshop Ocean Acidification, Fisheries, Climate Change and Fisheries. There were 35 participants in the 2016 workshop that provided valuable insight on first-hand climate change observations from their home. The results from this workshop will be incorporated into future CRRC climate change planning efforts.