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.
Despite the difficult conditions, a variety of people and animals have adapted to thrive at the top of the world. The Arctic is at the most dramatic of crossroads. The pressures of climate change and industrialization create a bottleneck for survival in the Arctic Ocean. The more pressure we put on the Arctic, the narrower the bottleneck becomes, but if we reduce or remove those pressures, we can widen the possibility for survival.
While the Arctic may be hovering on the edge of disaster, it also presents us with the unique opportunity to use the lessons we have learned about ecosystem management and ocean conservation. We can decide today to protect rather than recklessly exploit one of the planet's last frontiers and chart a new course for how we live on the Earth.
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.
Local communities, stakeholders and scientists are the Drivers of Change in the Arctic
What Oceana Does
Protecting the Arctic
At the heart of Oceana's approach are local communities, stakeholders and scientists. Ultimately, they are the drivers of change, with scientists and local knowledge describing impacts, identifying solutions and assessing management options. Local communities are the foremost stakeholders in the Arctic, with both the most to gain from ecologically sustainable management of the Arctic and the most to lose from reckless exploitation of Arctic resources. Lasting Arctic protections can only be achieved by working with the local communities that depend on those resources. Oceana is working through a variety of international forums where possible. There are eight Arctic nations: Russia, Canada, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark (Greenland), Sweden and the United States. Thus far, however, we have focused much of our efforts on U.S. policy, in the belief that getting genuine protection in the U.S. Arctic is an important first step towards international agreements.
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.