Chapter 15 SLA 09 allocates a portion of the State of Alaska's CIAP funds to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development for legislatively-named recipents. The Bristol Bay Coastal Resource Service Area (CRSA), one of four CRSAs established under the Alaska Coastal Management Program (ACMP) was allocated $430,549 through this legislation.
With the sunset of the ACMP on July 1, 2011, the Bristol Bay CRSA ceased to exist. Prior to the ACMP sunset, the Bristol Bay CRSA Board of Directors decided that several organizations that proposed projects to the CRSA should directly receive the CRSA’s CIAP funds and administer the projects supported by those funds. Chapter 5 SLA 12, effective April 15, 2012, re-appropriated the CIAP funds of the Bristol Bay CRSA to the following new recipients:
The Bristol Bay region is located in Southwestern Alaska on the north shore of Bristol Bay, just above the Alaska Peninsula. The region has a population of 4,668 (2008), a coastal area of 9,462 square miles, and 984 miles of shoreline. Communities in the region depend on commercial fishing and subsistence activities. Bristol Bay produces one of the largest sockeye salmon runs in the world. The Togiak herring fishery is the largest on the West Coast in terms of tonnage. The Wood-Tikchik State Park, the largest state park in the nation, lies within the regional boundaries. The community of Togiak is located in the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, and it is the gateway to the Walrus Island Game Sanctuary.
The Bristol Bay region is located where three major Native groups converge. Athabascan Indians are located in the Lake Clark and Lake Iliamna area in the eastern part of the CRSA. The Alaskan Peninsula has traditionally been home to the Aleutiq people, and the Yup’ik Eskimo people occupy the other parts of the region.
Ten communities are located within the Bristol Bay region: Aleknagik, Clark's Point, Dillingham, Ekuk, Portage Creek, Ekwok, Koliganek, Manokotak, New Stuyahok and Togiak.
Picture of Aleknagik Lake, with the village of Aleknagik apparent in the lower left of the picture. Photo: Alex Smith
Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development