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Scientists and Environmentalists Welcome Arctic Ocean Fishing Ban

Source: Independent/Josh Gabbatiss - December 6, 2017 in Politics

Scientists and Environmentalists Welcome Arctic Ocean Fishing Ban
Photo: William Bossen/Unsplash

An international agreement has banned fishing in the Arctic Ocean for the next 16 years.

The deal will allow researchers time to understand the region’s unique ecosystems before they are irrevocably damaged by unconstrained fishing.

The EU and nine of the world’s major fishing nations – including Canada, Russia, China, the US, Japan, Iceland, Denmark and South Korea – were all involved in the new agreement.

As global warming causes Arctic ice to melt, areas of the northern oceans are becoming accessible to fishing vessels for the first time.

While this presents an enormous opportunity to the fishing industry, environmentalists are understandably concerned about the encroachment of fishing fleets on previously untouched marine environments.

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