marine environment

Clean Arctic Alliance calls for ban of HFO use in Iceland’s waters

In light of Iceland’s Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources decision, which bans the use of fuel oil with more than 0.1% sulphur content for ships operating in its territorial waters, Dr Sian Prior, Lead Advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance, highlighted that the Alliance although supports this decision, they are in favour of generally banning HFO use and carriage as fuel.

Infographic: The story of Arctic HFO ban so far

Due to the important risks around HFO, the international shipping community banned its use and carriage by ships around Antarctica in 2011. To describe the process of what have been done and what will be done in the future, the Clean Arctic Alliance published an infographic. A ban on HFO in the Arctic was considered in 2013 during the deliberations on the IMO Polar Code.

PAME issues maps, factsheets for Arctic Large Marine Ecosystems

Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) are regions of ocean space of 200,000 square kilometers or greater that encompass coastal areas from river basins and estuaries to the outer margins of a continental shelf or the seaward extent of a predominant coastal current.

Narwhals the most vulnerable whales to Arctic shipping

The most vulnerable marine mammals to Arctic shipping are narwhals, or tusked whales, according to a new study from the University of Washington and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. These animals migrate through parts of the Northwest Passage to and from their summertime habitats.

Greenpeace launches expedition to protect the Antarctic

Greenpeace will begin an expedition to Antarctica that will see the first humans ever visit the seafloor in the Weddell Sea. This area was proposed by the EU as an ocean sanctuary, a request that will be considered by the Antarctic Ocean Commission in October 2018. The expedition to Antarctica will last three months, in the Greenpeace ship, ‘Arctic Sunrise’.The

Arctic partners continue work on oil spill preparedness

The Arctic Council Working Group on Emergency Prevention Preparedness and Response met in Malmö to boost work related to marine environmental response and search and rescue in Arctic. The Working Group is made up of representatives from Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and US.

International agreement to prevent illegal fishing in Arctic

Five Arctic states, including Canada, Denmark -in respect of Greenland and the Faroe Islands-, Norway, Russia, and the United States have reached a historic agreement in principle, to prevent unregulated commercial fishing in the high seas of the central Arctic Ocean.

USCG cutter transits Northwest Passage for Arctic research

On July 12, the 225-foot US Coast Guard Cutter Maple departed on a voyage through the Northwest Passage. The cutter will serve as a ship of opportunity to conduct scientific research near the Arctic Circle, in support of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

New WWF guide helps ships avoid vulnerable Arctic species

A new WWF-Canada guide, aiming to help mariners in the Hudson Strait to identify and avoid marine mammals, is being unveiled at a Canadian Coast Guard and Transport Canada meeting in Montreal. The Hudson Strait Mariner’s Guide is made up of two large posters to be hung on the ship’s bridge: a chart that will help mariners identify mammals and maps of marine mammal habitat in both summer and winter.

When the Arctic coast retreats, life in shallow waters changes

Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research urge to focus our attention on the ecological consequences of coastal erosion. According to the scientists, an interdisciplinary research program is required, and must involve policy-makers as well as inhabitants of the Arctic coasts right from the onset.

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