Natural Resources


The mission of the BBNA Natural Resources Department (NRD) is to protect the rights of its 31 Bristol Bay villages to choose how to continue to meet their subsistence, cultural, and economic needs.  Consistent with solid stewardship, sustainability and self-reliance, the program helps advance our villages’ natural resource management goals.

The purposes of the Natural Resources Department

  • Protect the rights of Bristol Bay Tribes to choose how to continue to meet their subsistence, cultural, and economic needs; and
  • Further natural resource management goals of Bristol Bay Tribes, consistent with traditional stewardship, sustainability, and self-reliance.
  • Ensure effective participation from the Bristol Bay Region in all state and federal regulatory processes that effect subsistence resources.

Staff and Contact Information

Gayla Hoseth, Director of Natural Resources
Phone: (907) 842-5257 Ext. 352
Toll Free: 1-800-478-5257 ext. 352
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VACANT, Subsistence Outreach Specialist
VACANT, Environmental Program Manager
CaSandera Johnson, Tribal Environmental Response Program Coordinator
Helen Aderman, Marine Mammal Program Manager
Cody Larson, Subsistence Fisheries Scientist

Programs within the Natural Resources Department



Bristol Bay Regional Vision Project

The Department is guided by the Bristol Bay Regional Vision Project, a region-wide vision statement that was created after Bristol Bay leaders listened to the opinions and concerns of nearly 1,400 participants from across the Bristol Bay region.  There was strong agreement across the region about the most important aspects of people’s lives and goals for the future, including sustaining our region’s natural resources by protecting our land, waters, and way of life.  For more information, please visit

Current Issues We Are Working On

  • Wildlife and Fisheries Research
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Southwest Alaska
  • Sustainable Fisheries Management
  • Climate Change and Coastal Resiliency
  • Pebble Mine and Habitat Protection
  • Halibut and Salmon Bycatch in the Bering Sea
  • Brownfields and Contaminated Sites
  • Marine Mammal Conservation
  • Migratory Bird Co-Management
  • Nushagak Peninsula and Mulchatna Caribou Management
  • Village-Based Environmental Programs
  • And more…

Organizations and Processes NRD is Involved In

Fish and Game Management (State)

Fish and Game Management (Federal)

Joint State and Federal Wildlife Management and Research Entities

Marine Mammals


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