Arctic Ocean - International

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Fishing Access

Fleets of large factory processors range the world for protein sources. For example, factory trawlers from east Asian ports travel 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) to catch krill near Antarctica. Yet international waters of the Central Arctic Ocean that were ice-free in September 2012 are only 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles) from those ports. Without a new international fisheries agreement for the Central Arctic Ocean, there are no legal impediments to fishing there.

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Relative distances to Pacific Rim Nations ports

Roughly 40 percent of the region that was ice-free in 2012 consisted of continental shelves, margins and ridges where fish are likely to be found and where species from sub-polar seas may shift.

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Fishable Waters of the Central Arctic Ocean

In 2012 more than three-quarters of the Russian maritime boundary, almost one-third of the Canadian maritime boundary, 22 percent of the Norwegian boundary, and 100 percent of the US maritime boundary were ice free. Ice is still present on Greenland's maritime boundary.

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Fishable Waters of the Central Arctic Ocean

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