On 7 April, I pondered a question here I have pondered quite frequently ove the past eight years or so. To wit: Will there be commercial fisheries in the Arctic?
Today, in an article in the New York Times titled “Accord Would Regulate Fishing in Arctic Waters”, Moscow correspondent Andrew Kramer writes, “It was once protected by ice. Now regulations will have to do the work.”
That the center of the Arctic Ocean was unregulated was hardly a concern when it was an icebound backwater. That is changing. Last summer, 40 percent of the central Arctic Ocean melted.
Later this month, representatives from Norway, Denmark, Canada, the United States, and Russia–the five countries that boarder the Arctic–will gather in Washington, D.C. to discuss an international Arctic fisheries agreement. It remains to be seen how well they will balance conservation with commercial opportunity.