Fishing in Arctic Ocean banned for 16 years to study the impact of climate change and the region’s ecology
Fishing in Arctic Ocean banned for 16 years to study the impact of climate change and the region’s ecology
After 2 years of negotiations, a pact has been agreed between 37 countries to ban fishing in the Arctic Ocean for at least 16 years. This will protect 2.8 million square kilometers of international waters, now quickly becoming accessible due to loss of summer ice.

Currently fishing is not prohibited in international waters but it is unregulated. Researchers fear it could harm the fragile marine ecosystem, as it happened before in the Bering Strait. To prevent this, research will be conducted between the participating countries to evaluate the ecosystem and impact of climate change.

After 16 years the deal will be renewed every 5 years, unless a country objects or rules and quotas will be established based on scientific evidence.

Source: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/12/nations-agree-ban-fishing-arctic-ocean-least-16-years