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Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area

The Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area, encompassing 291,000 square kilometers, is a protected area, established by President Obama on December 9, 2016 by an executive order. It represents a hugely productive, high-latitude marine ecosystem and supports one of the largest seasonal marine mammal migrations in the world, including thousands of bowhead and beluga whales, hundreds of thousands of walruses and ice seals, and millions of migratory birds. Moreover, it is home to more than 40 tribes of coastal Yup’ik and Inupiaq peoples whose way of life has been linked with the marine environment for thousands of years.

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