37 Nations impose moratorium on commercial arctic fishing


As global warming melts the Arctic ice sheet, nations within the region have been forced to respond. The rapid melting process is set to bring to light previously frozen and untouched commercial fishing areas.

In a move of unprecedented proactive diplomacy, nations such China, The United States, Canada & The EU have signed an agreement placing a moratorium on commercial fishing operations in the area for at least 16 years.

The agreement seeks to allow scientists to fully understand the environmental and biological impacts of commercial fishing in the Arctic before irreversible damage is done by fishing operations.

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Monday, December 11 2017
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Featured in storyAssociate Professor Jacki Shirmer of the University of CanberraProfessor Donald Rothwell of the Australian National UniversityDr Julia Jabour, Leader of the Marine & Antarctic Governance Research Program at the University of Tasmania

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