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The BSSN Density Model (BDM)

The BSSN team is pleased to release its model for streamlined processing of large volumes of spatial data into density maps. GIS professionals with spatial datasets consisting of overlapping polygons may utilize the BDM with little to no modification for efficient production of kernel density maps. The newly developed BDM and its source, written for use within ArcGIS 10.1, are…read more →

Whale Spring Subsistence Harvest

Whale Spring Subsistence Harvest

Joni Ungott, BSSN Community Research Assistant in Gambell, reported that both Savoonga and Gambell have caught whales already this spring. The photo above by Mary Ungott of Gambell shows the 13 boats needed to haul the whale that was caught on April 24th. Edward Ungott acted as striker for the first time this year and killed the whale on the first…read more →

BSSN Project Responds to Needs

BSSN Project Responds to Needs

At the Arctic Frontiers 2013 Conference in Norway in January, the Honorable Leona Aqlukkaq, Canadian Minister of Health, said in her keynote speech that our ability to bridge traditional knowledge and realities of today will determine success of the development in the Arctic. Ironically,traditional knowledge was referenced in only a few presentations including one from BSSN: “Capturing Coupling of Socio-economic and Environmental Changes…read more →

Study Says Invasive Pike Thriving on Salmon

A study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game published January 24, 2013 in the Ecology of Freshwater Fish journal suggests that when salmon and pike habitats overlap, salmon recovery depends on suppressing the invasive pike. The study concludes that nonnative pike prefer juvenile salmon but will turn to other native fish when salmon are less abundant. Juvenile…read more →

BSSN at Arctic Frontiers 2013 Conference in Norway

BSSN at Arctic Frontiers 2013 Conference in Norway

The Arctic Frontiers 2013 Conference will take place January 20-25 at the University of Tromsø in Tromsø, Norway. The theme for the 2013 conference is “Geopolitics and Marine Production in a Changing Arctic.” Victoria Gofman, BSSN principal investigator, will be presenting in the science section: Part II. Marine Harvesting in the Arctic Presentation: Friday 25 Jan, 10:50 – 13:00 “Capturing Coupling of…read more →

Oiled Wildlife Found

Oiled Wildlife Found

November 2012 – BSSN communities of Gambell and Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, reported finding oiled wildlife that included a seal and an auklet with oil on their bellies. The seal in the photo above was caught in Oct. 2012 by Reggie Aningayou, Sr. from Gambell. Several oiled birds and oil-soaked debris have also been found on the island’s shore this…read more →

Hunters Catch Diseased Walrus

Hunters Catch Diseased Walrus

September 2012 – Indigenous Arctic hunters near Gambell, Alaska reported catching a diseased walrus in May 2012. Joni Ungott, BSSN Community Research Assistant from Gambell, provided this photo of a sick walrus caught by her brother. She described the animal as slow moving and acting sick with skin lesions and they were afraid to eat it. The walrus has played a prominent role…read more →

Drifting Life Boat Found

Drifting Life Boat Found

July 5, 2012, Gambell, St. Laurence Island – BSSN Community Research Assistant, Joni Ungott, reported about a life boat drifting near Gambell. The hunters towed the boat and think it is from the Russian cruise ship that sunk about a year ago. This is a stark reminder of how perilous sailing in Arctic waters can be: search and rescue infrastructure…read more →

BSSN Research Team visits St. Lawrence

BSSN Research Team visits St. Lawrence

June 12, 2012 – Principle Investigator Victoria Gofman and Survey Manager Maryann Fidel met with residents of Savoonga to discuss BSSN which has had a slow start in this village. The survey success depends on building trustworthy relationships with subsistence harvesters. Face-to-face meetings in the communities are the most effective means to achieve this. Iver Campbell, BSSN Steering Committee Member from Gambell joined…read more →

Sand Point increased survey response rate from 15% to 61%

Sand Point increased survey response rate from 15% to 61%

Lisa Jackson, Alice Kalmakoff and Michelle Grohnholdt, Community Research Assistants in Sand Point, interviewed 80 people in the last three months, increasing this community’s response rate four times. High response rate is important for generating statistically significant data, the type of data that can demonstrate trends. Congratulations to the BSSN team in Sand Point for impressive results!