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A New Strong Voice
with a
Very Old Mission

P.O. Box 201236
Anchorage, AK 99520

Protecting Fisheries
Access to Small GOA
Coastal Communities

 (907) 561-7633
Toll free: 1-866-561-7633
Fax: 907-561-7634

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About GOAC3



What is GOA? | Where We Have Been | Membership
What We Are About | Where We Are Going

We are fishermen. ANCSA corporations, village councils, boroughs and cities, community associations, individuals. We are your neighbors. The Gulf of Alaska's small coastal fisheries-dependent communities are facing their greatest challenges.

To address these challenges you should
    1. Be informed
    2. Participate in the process of decision making
    3. Join with others
The Gulf of Alaska Coastal Communities Coalition is one of the best forums to accomplish this.

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WHAT IS GOA?

The Gulf of Alaska is a BIG arc, with its communities occupying a narrow strip of coastline and islands extending from the Dixon Entrance to the southeastern coast of the Aleutian Islands.

The Gulf of Alaska is estimated to be 12.5% of the total U.S. continental shelf.

WHERE WE HAVE BEEN

Alaska's coastal communities have historically been marine-dependent.

Things are not much different now. The economic survival of the Gulf of Alaska's communities is dependent on the quality of access to marine resources.

There has been a dramatic erosion of ability for communities to make their living from the sea. This erosion has occurred for a variety of reasons including environmental, political, legal and biological changes which have had an enormous negative cumulative affect.

The GOAC3 exist because too many marine/fisheries decisions are made without consideration of socio-economic impacts and without adequate consultation with communities.

We exist because someone needs to be looking at the "big picture" with consideration of the impacts of individual and collective actions.

We exist because the founding members knew it was something that had to be done right now.

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WHAT WE ARE ABOUT

    • Protecting existing fisheries access to small GOA coastal communities
    • Seeking to mitigate or reverse negative impacts of previous regulatory actions
    • Monitoring and mitigating new regulatory actions
    • Seeking to create new fisheries and fisheries-related economic opportunities
    • Participating in viable conservation methods
    • Informing and Educating
    • Creating bridges and consensus
    • Being "at the table!"
    • Keeping our communities viable

WHERE WE ARE GOING

    • Community ownership of marine resources access rights
    • Stronger coalitions among all fisheries groups
    • Coalitions with fisheries-dependent communities around the country and Canada
    • Stronger representation for GOA fisheries dependent communities at all levels of decision making
    • Greater commitment to our communities, our futures, our children's futures and each other

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