Learn more: Pollution

Pollution of the air, water and soil is a worldwide crisis that affects billions of people. Global air and water currents bring a dangerous amount of the world’s pollutants to the Arctic. As a result, the Arctic holds a disproportionate amount of the world’s fouler poisons, including DDT and other persistent organic pollutants (POP) and … Read more

Learn more: Shipping

Receding sea ice will open new shipping lanes across the Arctic, increasing the danger of a shipping accident or disastrous fuel spill in the far north. The remoteness and shifting ice of the Arctic not only make shipping incredibly challenging but also make any efforts to respond to shipping accidents equally daunting. Increased Arctic shipping … Read more

Learn more: Industrial Fishing

Large-scale industrial fishing has adversely affected much of the world’s ocean ecosystems. The high Arctic has some of the last few ocean areas that are is still relatively pristine. Yet large-scale industrial fisheries are burgeoning in the sub-Arctic seas. Already, there is evidence of northward migration of fish stocks and the fleets in these seas. … Read more

Learn more: Oil and Gas Activities

Oil and gas activities pose significant threats to Arctic ecosystems and to the people who depend on them. Placing wells, pipelines and vessels in the remote Arctic creates a substantial risk of a catastrophic oil spill and there is no proven method to clean up an oil spill in the icy conditions often found in … Read more

Arctic: Species at Risk

Some of the world’s most extraordinary animals call the Arctic home, including more than 25 species of marine mammals, dozens of species of birds and hundreds of different fishes. Many of these animals are endangered and all of them are facing unprecedented challenges as the Arctic environment undergoes rapid changes. Marine mammals migrate to and … Read more

Arctic: What Oceana Does

To best protect Arctic marine ecosystems and preserve opportunities for the subsistence way of life of Arctic peoples, Oceana is focused on addressing all of the threats together ( climate change, industrial fishing, shipping pollution, and oil and gas exploration and development). At the heart of Oceana’s approach are local communities, stakeholders and scientists. Ultimately, they are … Read more

Arctic: Overview

The Arctic is one of the most beautiful and forbidding places on Earth, where temperatures regularly plunge well below zero and the time between sunset and sunrise is sometimes measured in months rather than hours. Yet despite these difficult conditions, a Arctic peoples  and animals have adapted to thrive at the top of the world. … Read more

Protecting the Arctic from industrial fishing

After years of work by Oceana and other conservation groups, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted unanimously to prevent the expansion of industrial fishing into all U.S. waters north of the Bering Strait in order to limit stress on ocean ecosystems in light of the dramatic impacts of global climate change in the Arctic. … Read more