Under the Unites Nations, for example, governments, have just started developing a new UN Ocean Agreement that could help protect two thirds of the world’s oceans and set up rules to create and manage ocean sanctuaries, including in thecentral Arctic.
National moves have also made headway. The United States has facilitated amoratorium on unregulated fishing in the Central Arctic Ocean among the Arctic coastal states. They are now working to bring in other nations, too. More recently the US and Canada agreed that commercial activities like shipping, fishing, and oil and gas exploitation, should be based on scientific evidence and be in line with global climate and environmental goals, as well as Indigenous rights. Of course, full Arctic protection requires action by other Arctic nations, like Russia, Denmark and Norway, who are still a bit of a stone in the shoe when it comes to Arctic protection.
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