Commercial Fisheries in the Arctic?

“Are there going to be commercial fisheries in the Arctic, and if so which species?” -Anne Hollowed of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center at the Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium in Anchorage as quoted in the Alaska Dispatch

Some scientists and fisheries managers are anticipating certain species of fishes and shellfish to shift their ranges from subarctic to arctic as a result of global climate change, but, according to the available data, the migrations are not significant enough at this point to warrant lifting a 2009 moratorium on commercial fishery in the U.S. Arctic.

“So far with the data that we have, there is not enough of a capacity for it to be sustained. But that’s only a decision in the U.S. waters. Perhaps the moratorium should be renewed for the U.S. waters until we can get more information. The 10 years are going to come up soon and perhaps they should extend that moratorium and extend dialogue with other countries.” -Leandra De Sousa, of the North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management

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About Ret Talbot

Ret Talbot is a freelance writer who covers fisheries at the intersection of science and sustainability. His work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Mongabay, Discover Magazine, Ocean Geographic and Coral Magazine. He lives on the coast of Maine with his wife, scientific illustrator Karen Talbot.
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One Response to Commercial Fisheries in the Arctic?

  1. Pingback: Will an International Arctic Fisheries Agreement Protect Arctic Fisheries as Well as Ice? | The Good Catch

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