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The Bering Sea

The Bering Sea is one of the most productive seas on earth. This semi-enclosed body of water is the northern-most part of the Pacific Ocean, bordered by Russia to the west and Alaska to the east. The sea is approximately 1.5 million square miles in area.

Stormy and hazardous, the Bering Sea is infamous for snatching human life in williwaws, shipwrecks and fishing disasters. Its shallow shelf waters are a churning mix-master of nutrient-rich currents supporting the migration of vast populations of marine species. The most resilient of northern native cultures, the Aleut peoples, developed unique adaptations to this sea. Today, America's richest, billion-dollar fishery is located here, accounting for most of the world's supply of walleye pollock, crab and halibut. Four decades of intensive fishing have left this sea showing alarming signs of ecosystem collapse, with 18 species of birds, fish and mammals in decline. The Steller sea lion, for example, is classified as endangered in this sea, yet stable in the Pacific waters south of the Alaska Panhandle.


Relevant documents not available on the Internet at this time. This will be part of the Archives project.

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Fur Seal
Steller Sea Cow
The sea