The mission of The Alaska Sea Otter and Steller Sea Lion Commission is to: develop and protect Alaska Natives’ rights in Sea Otter and Steller Sea Lion customary and traditional uses through co-management, conservation, research, education and artistic development.
The Alaska Sea Otter and Steller Sea Lion Commission’s vision is to become an internationally respected resource in the conservation and co-management of sea otter and Steller sea lion that protects Alaska Natives’ rights:
- Is a respected source of traditional knowledge and local expertise
- Is an organization that works collaboratively and coordinates information and funding
- Is guiding by the strong conservation principles
- Is an organization that supports local communities
- Is a credible source of contact and information
- Is a sustainable organization
The Alaska Sea Otter Commission, a tribal consortium, was established in 1988 to promote Alaska Native involvement in policy decisions pertaining to sea otters. In 1998, at the request of member tribes, the Alaska Sea Otter Commission added Steller sea lions toits mission and goals, formally expanding to the Alaska Sea Otter and Steller Sea Lion Commission (TASSC). Since inception, TASSC has worked with coastal Alaska Native peoples and tribes to increase Alaska Native participation in marine mammal research, stewardship, and management.