Through the Pribilof Islands Marine Ecosystem (PRIME) Initiative, the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island is working toward a designated, co-managed marine area that addresses conservation concerns shared between the communities of St. Paul and St. George while ensuring the sustainability of commercial fisheries and our local economies. ACSPI officially launched the PRIME Initiative on December 20, 2021 with the announcement of a nomination to the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Thus far, the Initiative is supported by other federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations in Alaska and in the lower 48, other island organizations, sustainable business owners, conservation organizations, and commercial fishing operations. We expect this support to grow as we move forward.
To learn more about the PRIME Initiative, please refer to the following resources: