Advocates Push for Temporary Ban on Arctic Fishing

Publication: The Vancouver Sun

Author: Randy Boswell

05/17/2011 - A leading North American environmental group stepped up its push Tuesday for an international moratorium on commercial fishing in the central Arctic Ocean.

In an appeal to countries around the world — but particularly to Canada and the four other Arctic coastal nations — the U.S.-based Pew Environment Group and its Nunavut offshoot Oceans North Canada are warning that retreating sea ice could trigger a potentially destructive fishing industry in international Arctic waters.

The group, which wants a "precautionary" global treaty signed to pre-empt overfishing and to ensure science-based management of any central Arctic Ocean fish resources, took its message to the International Marine Conservation Congress this week in Victoria.

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