The AWSC and its work is recognized in both regional and national policy documents. Below are a few samples of such documents.

The AWSC was established in October 2014 as a self-governing multi-stakeholder group focused on creating or documenting best practices to ensure a safe, efficient, and predictable operating environment for all users of the arctic waterways. The committee is composed of a wide array of arctic maritime users and stakeholders that fall under three categories: Subsistence Hunters, Industry, and Other representatives. Each category has five seats, each with a vote in decisions made by the organization.

The AWSC Bylaws were adopted by the Committee in March 2015.


The mission of the Arctic Waterways Safety Committee is to implement lawful best practices to ensure a safe, efficient, and predictable operating environment for all Arctic waterway users.

meeting Briefings

The Arctic Vessel Tracking App provides free access to information on commercial vessel activity for Alaska’s Arctic maritime subsistence hunters. This service was requested by marine mammal co-management representatives including the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission, Alaska Beluga Whale Committee, Eskimo Walrus Commission, Ice Seal Committee, and Nanuuq Commission. It is intended for use by subsistence vessel captains, as approved by the Arctic Waterways Safety Committee.

The App shows local vessel activity, types of vessels, and details of individual vessels near a hunter’s community. Hunters can set notifications for when vessels approach or depart a community. Data on specific vessels can provide information for hunters for understanding what nearby vessels are doing, and for reporting if conflicts or concerns arise. The App is limited to the ground-based AIS range (similar to VHF) ~20 to 40 miles depending on conditions and coastal terrain.

This version of the App is first generation and intended to be improved over time based on user’s feedback. Please provide your feedback on what works and doesn’t work by contacting the Vessel Traffic App’s administrator at, or via your comanagement representatives at AWSC meetings.

The AWSC has developed the following map identifying the area of responsibility for the Committee.

History & bylaws


The AWSC hosts a minimum of two meetings per year. Meeting materials and presentations from those meetings are provided below.

area of responsibility for the awsc