The commission determined that the harvest should be limited to up to 58 polar bears a year, with no more than 19 being females. The move will end a 50-year ban on the Russian side. However, it is expected to improve monitoring and decrease poaching in that country. In Alaska, a team will develop implementation procedures to be presented at the next meeting of the commission in June 2011. Alaska Natives harvested an average of 38 polar bears from 2004 to 2008.