1) Even though a quarter of the fish eaten in Europe come from the Arctic, there are no rules governing fishing in newly accessible areas. 2) Oil and natural gas exploration is only going to increase in the region, without rules governing clean-up and infrastructure for dealing with spills--particularly poignant considering the events in the Gulf of Mexico. 3) Impact on marine animals from increased shipping and resource exploration is also a blank area.WWF recommends the best option to address these issues is,
...to develop a new international framework agreement covering the entire Arctic, across all sectors. Such a legally binding agreement for the marine Arctic would address the identified governance gaps. ... The new Arctic Sea emerging from the melting ice requires a regional regime tailor-made for arctic conditions developed under the overarching framework of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Read more: Reforming Arctic Governance: Limit a Little, Save A Lot & International Governance and Regulation of the Marine Arctic
photo: US Geological Survey via flickr.
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