24 Apr '12, 4am

Thousands of Scientists in 67 Nations Call for No-Fishing Zone in Newly Exposed Arctic

NASA Goddard Photo and Video /CC BY 2.0 As you've probably heard, there's a lot less ice up there in the Arctic these days. And less ice means more room for all kinds of fun human activities: It means we can start taking more efficient shipping routes! Drilling for more oil! (Which will, conveniently, help melt even more Arctic!) And we can fish. The retreating glaciers have opened up new opportunities for fishing vessels to venture forth into new territory—territory in less-regulated international waters—and commercial fishing operations might start looking to cash in. Just one little obstacle: Over two thousand scientists from 67 different nations, each of whom has signed a letter calling for a moratorium on fishing in the newly exposed areas of the Arctic until they can better understand the ecosystem. Here's Nature : In all, more than 2.8 million square kilometres make...

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