The BRSEA forms part of the science-based review included in the December 20, 2016 United States-Canada Joint Arctic Leaders’ Statement.

From 2016 to 2021, the BRSEA initiative aimed to:

  1. Recommend desired economic and environmental outcomes and thresholds for oil and gas development in the Beaufort region while respecting the Inuvialuit Final Agreement and relevant regulatory processes.
  2. Advance baseline information and the state of knowledge for the Beaufort Sea while reflecting the dynamic nature of the environment.
  3. Support informed decision-making around possible future resource development and management, environmental conservation programs, community sustainable and subsistence activities, and other complementary commercial activities.