02/06/2009 - Federal fisheries managers have voted to bar all commercial fishing in U.S. waters from north of the Bering Strait and east to the Canadian border in light of the rapid climate changes that are transforming the Arctic.
In a unanimous vote yesterday, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council ruled that scientists and policymakers need to better assess how global warming is affecting the region before allowing fishing on stocks such as Arctic cod, saffron cod and snow crab.
The vote marks the culmination of a years-long debate over whether to permit fishing before the council adopts a management plan for the region. Advocacy groups including Oceana, the Ocean Conservancy and the Pew Environment Group had lobbied for a moratorium until researchers can determine how Arctic marine life would respond to commercial fishing.
Read the full article Commercial Fishing Is Barred in Parts of Arctic on The Washington Post's Web site.