The Future of Marine Protected Areas in the Northern Latitudes: Marine protection in a changing Arctic

At the same time that marine animals are trying to adapt to a new climate and receding ice, maritime traffic is increasing significantly throughout the Arctic area. Many people believe that marine protected areas (MPAs) are a practical and important management tool for protecting marine ecosystems and helping them adapt to their transforming environment. Advisory committees, working groups, and stakeholders alike are discussing, planning, and coordinating for the possible inclusion of MPAs in the Arctic. As these MPAs are developed, a realistic and dedicated approach to conducting law enforcement is needed. Monitoring and enforcement can occur at multiple levels, including at the operator level (e.g. self-monitoring). That is, vessels operating in or passing through U.S. waters of the Arctic region can—and should—be adhering to an Arctic Code of Conduct. The Coast Guard will not have the resources to directly and consistently enforce MPAs in the Arctic region; therefore, leveraging technology such as electronic vessel monitoring to police such vast protected areas is critical.


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  • Accession Number: 01676632
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 11 2018 1:32PM