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Arctic Fisheries Declaration signed by 5 Arctic coastal countries

On Thursday, July 16, the Arctic Fisheries Declaration was signed in Oslo, Norway, by the five Arctic coastal countries. How the news media reported on this development:


July 2015
 

Alaska fishing industry expresses support for international fisheries agreement

Two separate letters from Alaskan fishing industry groups to the U.S. State Department and NOAA have expressed support for an international fisheries agreement in the Central Arctic Ocean. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council stressed the importance of the agreement in one statement, while the Pacific Seafood Processors Association and At-Sea Processors Asssociation urged that a stand-alone scientific organization be set up to oversee such an international accord.

North Pacific Fisheries Letter

Seafood Processors Letter

April 2015

Chinese policy journal reports on Shanghai Arctic fisheries meeting

The “Bulletin of International Studies on the Polar Region” included a detailed report of a meeting in January 2015 about the need for an international fisheries agreement for the Central Arctic Ocean.

Shanghai Roundtable

January 2015

Russian Experts Urge Adoption of International Fisheries Accord

Russian experts who met in Moscow in September urged the speedy adoption of an international accord to protect the Central Arctic Ocean from unregulated commercial fisheries. The panel discussion was hosted by the Analytical Center, a leading advisory body on socioeconomic issues for the government of the Russian Federation. During the event, Professor Alexander Vylegzhanin, head of the International Law Department at the Moscow Institute of International Relations, said that countries shouldn’t wait until overfishing occurs. Rather, Vylegzhanin said they should “take measures available within international law ahead of time, in order to prevent the emergence of a new large-scale area of unregulated fishing.” Vyacheslav Zilanov, leader of the Northern Coordination Council of the Fishermen’s Association, said that climate change is melting large areas of sea ice in the international waters of the Central Arctic Ocean: “It is natural that our community is interested in not having unregulated fishing develop in the area.”

Read a report about the event on the Analytical Center’s website (in Russian)

Sept. 10, 2014

Arctic Nations Agree to Work on International Fisheries Accord

At a breakthrough meeting in Nuuk, Greenland, the five Arctic coastal countries achieved consensus on the need to prevent commercial fishing in the Central Arctic Ocean until adequate scientific research is done and management measures are in place. In order to achieve this goal, they agreed that an international accord is needed. The countries pledged to issue a Ministerial Declaration in 2014 laying out their intent and convene a meeting of interested Arctic and non-Arctic states to discuss the new measures.

Chairman's statement

Official Nuuk press release

March 1, 2014

Canada and Four Other Nations Agree to Craft International Fisheries Accord

Read a Globe and Mail story about how Canada and four other Arctic nations have agreed to work toward a deal to block commercial fishing in the Central Arctic Ocean until more is known about the potential of the resource.

February 27, 2014

Arctic Nations Meet to Discuss International Fisheries Accord

Here are links to media coverage of the meeting of the five Arctic countries in Nuuk, Greenland to discuss an international fisheries accord:

February 23, 2014

International Cooperation Needed to Protect Arctic Fisheries, U.S. Expert Says

Russia and the United States should work with other countries to protect Arctic fisheries, says Dave Benton, an official with the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. Benton was interviewed by the Russian International Affairs Council about the importance of international cooperation if healthy fisheries are to be preserved through scientific research and management measures.

Read this report on the Russian International Affairs Council website.

January 22, 2014

Russian Experts Urge President Putin to Support International Arctic Fisheries Agreement

The Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), a think tank funded by the Russian Federation, has recommended in its report on key Arctic policy actions that President Putin support an international fisheries agreement in the Central Arctic Ocean to prevent the start of unregulated fishing. The report said that such an agreement “fully meets the interest of the Russian Federation and that of other Arctic coastal states and will provide a new impetus to their cooperation including conducting research in the Central Arctic Ocean.”

RIAC’s endorsement of the international fisheries agreement came at the end of a three-day conference co-sponsored by Pew that included a high-profile panel on why such an accord is needed to protect the Central Arctic Ocean. The panel included international Arctic director Scott Highleyman and other experts from Canada, Greenland, Russia and the U.S.

Three previous reports from Arctic experts have recommended that the Russian Federation lead development of an international fisheries agreement. A meeting chaired by President Putin’s special envoy on Arctic cooperation, Arthur Chilingarov, was held in March 2013 to discuss the importance of such an accord.

Read more about RIAC's December 2013 conference in Moscow.

Council of Federation Arctic Annual Report 2012

Arctic Proposal for International Cooperation

Preliminary Results from September 4th RIAC Symposium

December 6, 2013

Preventing Unregulated Fisheries in the Central Arctic Ocean

Read this article by Pew’s international Arctic director Scott Highleyman entitled “Preventing unregulated fisheries in the High Seas of the Central Arctic Ocean” that was published in the December 2013 issue of the Arctic Herald, a magazine published by the Russian Geographical Society.

Read the English translation.

December 5, 2013

Experts at Moscow Conference Support International Fisheries Accord

Read Russian-language media coverage about experts who spoke on the need for an international fisheries agreement in the Central Arctic Ocean at a Moscow conference sponsored by the Russian International Affairs Council. The conference was called “The Arctic: Region of Development and Cooperation.”

International Waters of the Arctic are up for Temporary Fisheries Closure.

Arctic-Info: Fisheries in the Arctic Ocean May be Taken Under Control

December 5, 2013

D.C. Meeting Results in Progress Towards International Fishing Accord

The five Arctic coastal nations met in Washington, D.C. this month to discuss the need for an international Arctic fisheries agreement and review a draft text. The Chairman’s Statement, issued after the meeting, agreed that in order to prevent the start of unregulated commercial fishing in the region, “interim measures” should be developed and committed to two additional meetings in 2013. Pew’s international Arctic director Scott Highleyman praised the outcome of the meeting: “All five countries have agreed that they must act together to prevent the start of commercial fishing in these waters while scientific research and management measures catch up to the fast pace of melting sea ice,” Highleyman said.

Read the chairman's statement.

May 1, 2013

Arctic Countries Will Discuss Fisheries Agreement at U.S. Meeting

Read this article in Ria Novosti, a Russian language newspaper, about this week's meeting of representatives from Russia, USA, Denmark, Norway and Canada in Washington D.C. to discuss the text of the agreement on fisheries management in the international waters of the Arctic Ocean.

April 29, 2013

Five Arctic Countries to Discuss International Fisheries Accord

Pew’s international Arctic director Scott Highleyman explains in this New York Times article why the five Arctic coastal countries are meeting later this month to discuss an international fisheries accord to protect the Central Arctic Ocean. The Dot Earth blog of the New York Times also cited the article and the importance of this development in light of the rapid melting of the polar ice cap.

Accord Would Regulate Fishing in Arctic Waters

Dot Earth: Arctic Nations Seek Common Management of Fishing as Open Water Spreads

 

April 17, 2013

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