WWF's history in the Arctic
Highlights from WWF's Arctic history
Also known as Niginganiq, this extensive area off the coast of Baffin Island, Nunavut, became a sanctuary for bowhead whales in 2008.
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(a major fishery and ecological resource) is taken off the US government’s
five year plan for oil leasing. The US government also announced the creation
of a national oceans policy that will among other things identify and protect
remarkable places in the offshore area of Alaska.
Learn about Bristol Bay at WWF-United States
The patrol works to prevent deadly encounters between polar bears and people. Polar bears are increasingly common in some communities, a development that some ascribe to the fact that the bears have less access to their normal sea ice habitat in the Arctic summer. The patrols have spread to other communities in Russia, and also to North America.
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The Kamchatka Salmon Conservation Initiative (WWF-US)
widespread of all the seal species. WWF supported a four-year project that
used satellite tagging to track the seals’ travelling patterns, diving depths and
time spent on the surface. Participants in the project included Inuvialuit hunters
and trappers’ organizations and the Canadian Department of Fisheries
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including a Kara Sea archipelago, as the Great Arctic Reserve. WWF not only helped fund the reserve, but also helped organize three important scientific expeditions that contributed to establishing the ecological importance of the region.
More about the Great Arctic Reserve
More on the beginnings of the GAP
From past to present
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