Arctic states move toward high seas fishing agreement
Representatives of the five Arctic coastal states (Russia, Norway, United States, Denmark, and Canada) have agreed to pursue work on an agreement to manage fisheries in the part of the Arctic Ocean beyond national jurisdiction. No commercial fishing is taking place there now, as the area is still covered with ice for most of the year. It is also uncertain how productive the area might be for a fishery.
WWF is encouraged by the news, as it appears the states are headed toward a position outlined by WWF that there should be no fishing in the area until or unless it has been determined that it can sustain a commercial harvest. WWF also believes that a regional fisheries management system for the region should be put in place if it is decided that commercial fishing can be sustained.