Caribou carcass and meat along with pile of gear waiting to be picked up by approaching hunters in a boat on the river

NPR-A Subsistence Advisory Panel

The NPR-A Subsistence Advisory Panel (SAP) is comprised of seven representatives from communities on the North Slope. The panel makes recommendations to the BLM regarding issues, concerns, and possible impacts to subsistence resources or harvesting due to oil industry activities. The SAP also reviews and disseminates information on scientific research projects in the NPR-A.

Most SAP members represent the following local or regional Tribal Governments: Native Village of Nuiqsut, Naqsragmiut Tribal Council (Anaktuvuk Pass), Native Village of Atqasuk, Wainwright Traditional Council, Native Village of Barrow, Native Village of Point Lay, and the Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slope. The North Slope Borough is the only municipal government represented by an SAP member. 

The SAP usually meets three times a year. These meetings, which are open to the public, tend to correspond with significant periods in the oil and gas industry’s yearly cycle of activity on the North Slope. Meetings are scheduled to avoid times of intensive subsistence activity such as spring or fall whaling.

NPR-A Subsistence Advisory Panel News

North Slope Borough Reports on Colville River Fish Health 

The next SAP meeting will be scheduled for late May/early June in Utqiagvik (Barrow). 

To receive meeting notices, agendas, and summaries, please send a request to join the SAP email list to the SAP coordinator at

Documents and presentations are available upon request, and a USB drive with documents from all SAP meetings since 1998 can be mailed to interested parties.

Right Sidebar Content: