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  Pribilof Islands
The Pribilof Islands, the fabled seal islands of the Bering Sea, are located in the south-central Bering Sea, about 482 km (300 miles) west of the Alaska mainland and 386 km (240 miles) north of the Aleutian Islands.
The Pribilofs were formed as the result of eruptions of basaltic lavas onto the southern edge of the Bering Sea shelf.
The Pribilof Aleuts have survived many challenges over two centuries: forcible relocation, influence and culture of two colonial nations, loss of aboriginal subsistence skills to a wage-based industry, and suppression of their language, religion, political structures and human rights.
www.amiq.org /pribilof.html   (1410 words)

  
  Pribilof Islands - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography
The Pribilof Islands (often called the Fur Seal Islands, Russian: Kotovi) are a group of four volcanic islands, part of Alaska, lying in the Bering Sea, about 200 miles north of Unalaska and 200 miles south of Cape Newenham, the nearest point on the North American mainland.
Under the Fur Seal Act of 1966, hunting of these seals is forbidden in the Pribilof Islands with the exception of subsistence hunting by Indians, Aleuts, and Eskimos who live on the islands.
The Pribilof Islands are widely known as a birdwatching paradise, home to many birds that are not observed anywhere else in North America.
www.arikah.com /encyclopedia/Pribilof_Islands   (509 words)

  
 Pribilof Islands -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Under the Fur Seal Act of 1966, hunting of these seals is forbidden in the Pribilof Islands with the exception of subsistence hunting by Indians, (The language spoken by the Aleut people) Aleuts, and (The language spoken by the Eskimo people) Eskimos who live on the islands.
The economy is heavily dependent on the annual opilio ("snow crab") fishery, and also on subsistence and commercial (Marine food fish of the northern Atlantic or northern Pacific; the largest flatfish and one of the largest teleost fishes) halibut harvests.
The Pribilof Islands are widely known as a (Click link for more info and facts about birdwatching) birdwatching paradise, home to many birds that are not observed anywhere else in North America.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/p/pr/pribilof_islands.htm   (442 words)

  
 Pribilof Islands Alaska - Alaska travel and tours with Homer Travel & Tours
There is a common saying on the islands: "This is the only place in the world where you can experience all four seasons in one hour." Alaska's most unique and remote, and the largest Aleut communities in the world -- the Pribilof Islands of St. Paul and St. George -- are easily accessible from Anchorage.
The islands, a bird watcher's paradise, are home to sea birds such as puffins, auklets, murres, and rare red-legged kittiwakes and more than 220 bird species have been identified on the Pribilofs, some from as far away as Argentina and Siberia.
Paul Island Tours has professional guides to introduce you to a wide and colorful array of resident, migrant, and vagrant birds dwelling on cliffs and along the shores of beautiful St. Paul Island in the Pribilof Islands.
www.alaskahomertravel.com /Southwest/Pribilof_Islands.htm   (539 words)

  
 The Nature Conservancy in Alaska - Pribilof Islands
The Pribilofs sit at the edge of the continental shelf with the shallower Eastern Bering Sea to the east and the deeper waters of the Aleutian Basin to the west.
As on all of the islands in the Bering, the introduction of rats, for example, to this fragile ecosystem could devastate seabird populations.
In the past, the Conservancy has supported the Pribilof Island Stewardship Program, a local program in which Alaska Native youth disentangle fur seals from fishing debris, monitor shorelines, aid in alien species control, and learn about stewardship of their islands’ natural resources from Aleut elders and marine biologists.
www.nature.org /wherewework/northamerica/states/alaska/preserves/art11189.html   (356 words)

  
 PRIBILOF ISLANDS - LoveToKnow Article on PRIBILOF ISLANDS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The islands are hilly and volcanicBogoslof, a crater on St Paul, is 600 ft. highwithout harbours, and have a mean annual temperature of about 35.7F., and a rainfall of about 35 in.
Besides the fur seal there are blue and grey foxes (more on St George than on St Paul), and on St George Island and on the Walrus reef there are great bird rookeriesthe breeding places of immense numbers of gulls, sea-parrots, auks, cormorants and arries (Lomvia arra).
The islands were first sighted in 1767 by Joan Synd, and were visited in 1786 by Gerasim Pribiloff, who discovered the fur seal rookeries for which they became famous.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /P/PR/PRIBILOF_ISLANDS.htm   (426 words)

  
 AllRefer.com - Pribilof Islands, United States (U.S. Physical Geography) - Encyclopedia
Pribilof Islands[prib´ilof´´] Pronunciation Key, group of four volcanic islands, off SW Alaska in the Bering Sea, c.230 mi (370 km) N of the Aleutian Islands; explored and named in 1786 by Gerasim Pribilof, a Russian navigator.
The larger islands, St. Paul and St. George, are famous as the breeding place of the Alaska fur seal.
The islands, part of the 1867 U.S. purchase of Alaska, became a seal reservation in 1868; they are administered by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/P/Pribilof.html   (286 words)

  
 Pribilof Islands - Encyclopedia.com
Pribilof Islands, group of four volcanic islands, off SW Alaska in the Bering Sea, c.230 mi (370 km) N of the Aleutian Islands; explored and named in 1786 by Gerasim Pribilof, a Russian navigator.
The larger islands, St. Paul and St. George, are famous as the breeding place of the Alaska fur seal.
The islands, part of the 1867 U.S. purchase of Alaska, became a seal reservation in 1868; they are administered by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-Pribilof.html   (577 words)

  
 TIDES IN THE BERING SEA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Typically drifters deployed on the outer shelf (water depth 100m to 180m) and the slope, are advected northwestward to the vicinity of the Pribilof Islands by the mean currents depicted in Figure 1.
In 1993, a satellite-tracked buoy was deployed on the Bering Sea shelf south of the Pribilof Islands.
Around Pribilof Islands due to topographic amplification and nonlinear interactions in the shallow water, velocities as large as 50 cm/s are generated.
www.ims.uaf.edu /bering   (2012 words)

  
 EPA: Federal Register: Secretary's Report to Congress on the Pribilof Islands as Required Under Public Law 104-91
Introduction The Pribilof Islands of St. Paul and St. George are islands of volcanic origin that lie 800 miles west-south west of Anchorage, Alaska in the Bering Sea.
The Pribilof Islands were discovered by Russian navigators in 1786 as a result of their search for the breeding grounds of the North Pacific Fur Seal (``the fur seal'').
The Pribilof Islands are a world-class special reserve established to ensure the conservation and protection of the northern pacific fur seal and other wildlife species.
www.epa.gov /docs/fedrgstr/EPA-IMPACT/1997/April/Day-15/i9586.htm   (16472 words)

  
 Pribilof Islands - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Pribilof Islands, also Fur Seal Islands, group of islands, southwestern Alaska, in the Bering Sea.
Island, any comparatively small body of land completely surrounded by water.
Admiralty Islands, Aegean Islands, Aíyina, Alcatraz, Alderney, Aleutian Islands, Alexander Archipelago, Ambon, Andaman Islands, Andros (The...
encarta.msn.com /Pribilof_Islands.html   (144 words)

  
 Travel Alaska - Explore Southwest Alaska Cities and Towns Pribilof
The Pribilof Islands are a small cluster of four islands located in the Bering Sea about 300 miles off the western coast of Alaska.
Although the Pribilof Islands are the home of the largest Aleut villages in the world, seals are the reason most visitors make the trek.
Location: The Pribilof Islands are a small cluster of four islands located in the Bering Sea, 250 miles northwest of Unalaska and 750 miles west of Anchorage.
www.travelalaska.com /Regions/CommunityDetail.aspx?LocationID=60&RegionID=10&PageTitle=Pribilof   (333 words)

  
 Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Off Alaska’s western coast in the Bering Sea, the five Pribilof Islands are home to an eye-popping array of seabirds and the northern fur seal.
Sometimes referred to as the "Galapagos of the North," the Pribilof Islands are a naturalist’s paradise.
The soaring cliffs of St. George Island host nearly 2.5 million of those birds in one of the largest seabird colonies in the northern hemisphere.
alaskamaritime.fws.gov /visitors-educators/wildlifeviewing/pribilofs.htm   (321 words)

  
 Alaska Journal of Commerce: Pribilof Islands require $100 million cleanup 09/09/02
Residents of the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea have become experts at environmental cleanups, including decontamination of soil on St. Paul Island.
The Pribilof project accounts for 90 percent of the agency's environmental restoration budget, which in the past has gone toward small-scale projects like the razing of a few old weather stations.
NOAA clearly wants to rid itself of the management responsibility for the Pribilofs, and return the land to locals, a process begun under the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which requires the transfer of some federal land to the state's Eskimo, Indian and Aleut people.
www.alaskajournal.com /stories/090902/foc_pribilof.shtml   (1436 words)

  
 Hydrology
The Pribilof Islands are located in the south-central Bering Sea and are surrounded on all sides by saline waters.
George Island measures approximately 40 square miles in area and receives an average of 30 inches (762 mm) total precipitation per year with a mean annual temperature of 36°F.
The volcanic rocks of the Pribilofs are highly permeable, allowing for rapid infiltration of precipitation and snowmelt.
serc.carleton.edu /research_education/nativelands/pribilofs/hydrology.html   (478 words)

  
 Pribilof Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Pribilof Islands (often called the Fur Seal Islands, Russian : Kotovi) are a group of four islands, part of Alaska, lying in the Bering Sea, about 200 miles north of Unalaska and 200 miles south of Cape Newenham, the nearest point on theNorth American mainland.
The principal islands are St. Paul (named from St. Peter and St. Paul's Day, on which it was discovered) and St. George(probably named after Pribilof's ship).
Under the Fur Seal Act of 1966, hunting of these seals is forbidden in the Pribilof Islands with the exception of subsistencehunting by Indians, Aleuts, and Eskimos who live on the islands.
www.therfcc.org /pribilof-islands-68509.html   (334 words)

  
 The Pribilof Aleuts: A Century of Servitude
The Pribilof Islands have been inhabited by a small group of Aleuts - 200 at the beginning of this story in 1867 and about 650 at the time of telling it in 1978.
The Pribilof story is significant, then, because it is an extreme case in United States' Indian history, it focuses general processes of oppression, and it shows the mechanisms of a democratic government at its worst.
In 1963 when I married the manager of the Aleutian Islands National Wildlife Refuge (not connected with the Pribilof Islands refuge), my seven-year-old son and I moved to the Aleutian area, to Cold Bay, which is on the western end of the Alaska Peninsula and encompasses in its glorious view several Aleutian Islands.
arcticcircle.uconn.edu /HistoryCulture/Aleut/Jones/preface.html   (1596 words)

  
 Mapping Ecologically Sensitive Islands in the Bering Sea
The Pribilof Islands were an attractive part of the United States' 1867 purchase of Alaska from Russia, in part because of the significant economic trade activity of northern-fur-seal pelts that were available in abundance on the islands.
Within the volcanic Pribilof Islands archipelago, the tiny islands of St. George and St. Paul (approximately 35 and 44 mi², respectively) are the only two with human inhabitants; collectively, they are home to the world's largest community of Aleut people.
Brought to the islands in the late 1700s to harvest seals for Russian fur hunters, Aleuts have made their home there for more than 200 years, providing labor for both Russian and United States interests in the fur-seal trade during most of that time.
soundwaves.usgs.gov /2003/05/research.html   (934 words)

  
 Parade to Pribilof | TIME
When the seals were sighted, plunging and barking on their way to the Pribilof Islands off Alaska, the Coast Guardsmen would chug out to follow them, to guard them in their curious hegira.
It is the Coast Guard's duty to superintend the seal-hunting of coastal Indian tribes, the Quillayute, the Makah of Neah Bay, Wash., and further north the Haida of Sitka, Alaska.
When southern waters grow too tepid, the seals return to their islands, the cows to breed their young, the bulls to fast and later copulate, the pups to learn how to swim, the "bachelor" seals (males under seven years old) to establish their separate colony and conduct small restless migrations of their own.
www.time.com /time/magazine/article/0,9171,738973,00.html   (748 words)

  
 Summer Field Season 2006 Field Notes from the Pribilof Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Pribilof Islands, sometimes called the Galapagos of the North, are a group of five tiny, volcanic islands in the heart of the Bering Sea.
These windswept, treeless islands are key breeding grounds for millions of seabirds and the world’s largest population of northern fur seals.
But the fur seal population on St. Paul Island, the largest of the Pribilofs, has fallen by over 70 percent, from 2.2 million in the 1950s to just 600,000 in 2004, and is still declining.
www.marinemammal.org /2006/nfs_1.php   (729 words)

  
 Pribilof Islands - Piscivorous Seabirds
Modeling the sensitivity of colonially breeding marine birds to oil perturbations: murre and kittiwake populations on the Pribilof Islands, Bering Sea.
Fluctuations in the Bering Sea Ecosystem as reflected in the reproductive ecology and diets of kittiwakes on the Pribilof Islands, 1975 to 1990.
Foraging ecology of short-tailed shearwaters near the Pribilof Islands, Bering Sea.
www.pmel.noaa.gov /sebscc/pribs_database/page_bird.html   (428 words)

  
 Pribilof Islands - Encyclopedia.com
Group of islands, southeastern Bering Sea, Alaska, U.S. It includes St. Paul, St. George, and three islets, and it lies about 300 mi (500 km) west of the mainland.
Control of the islands was transferred from Russia to the U.S. with the Alaska Purchase (1867).
The islands are also home to enormous numbers of birds and both blue and white phases of Arctic foxes.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1B1-375875.html   (497 words)

  
 Alaska - Pribilof Islands
The Pribilofs sit at the edge of the continental shelf with the shallower Eastern Bering Sea to the east and the deeper waters of the Aleutian Basin to the west.
As on all of the islands in the Bering, the introduction of rats, for example, to this fragile ecosystem could devastate seabird populations.
In the past, the Conservancy has supported the Pribilof Island Stewardship Program, a local program in which Alaska Native youth disentangle fur seals from fishing debris, monitor shorelines, aid in alien species control, and learn about stewardship of their islands’ natural resources from Aleut elders and marine biologists.
nature.org /wherewework/northamerica/states/alaska/preserves/art11189.html   (348 words)

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