Experiential knowledge gained over time about one’s place among the waters, winds, tides, plants and animals in a locality is known as “local and traditional knowledge.”
This experience is often passed down through generations and is part of cultural identity. LTK offers much in the context of research in the North Pacific by adding more information and new perspectives for understanding marine ecosystems.
NPRB's strategies for incorporating LTK into science planning include but are not limited to:
NPRB Project 733 is enhancing local contributions to research in the Bering Sea and helping understand the ecosystem that Pribilof Island communities depend upon for their livelihood.
The Ecosystem Conservation Office of the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island facilitates collaboration between scientific researchers and the community by working with residents to deploy and maintain temperature and salinity sensors in the St. Paul harbor.
Right: Installing sensors (mounted in PVC pipe) on a pier piling.
Regular data summaries of temperature and salinity in the harbor -- as a proxy for surrounding marine waters -- allow residents to evaluate current, historical and intuitive observations of local environmental phenomena that may be related to shifts in water temperature and productivity.