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WWF releases guide to help mariners avoid Arctic wildlife

WWF-Canada released a new guide designed to help mariners in the eastern Arctic identify and avoid marine mammals. The guide recommends what to do in Arctic waters in order not to affect the animals, as well as maps of the most concerning areas. Passing ships can often drive marine mammals away from their usual habitat.

WWF-Canada backs IMO move towards HFO ban

Following an appeal from Canadian government, indigenous participants, as well as testimony from WWF-Canada, IMO has agreed to take steps to minimize the use of heavy fuel oil in Arctic shipping, during a week-long meeting in London.

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.

WWF publishes Arctic Council scorecard

WWF issued its Arctic Council Conservation Scorecard, the first-ever assessment of national and joint implementation of Arctic Council commitments related to biodiversity and conservation. The scorecard corresponds to the long-year efforts of Arctic states to pursue conservation regarding safeguard efforts of the Arctic environment, through the Arctic Council.

Oil spill response weaknesses reported in Arctic

WWF-Canada reported that major weaknesses in response preparedness mean remote Arctic communities face an almost certain environmental catastrophe in the event of an Arctic shipping oil spill. Heavy fuel oil is the standard marine fuel for large ships and also one of the world’s most polluting fuels, and the most difficult to clean up.

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