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Posted Sun Sep 7 2008: from United Nations University, via EurekAlert:
Experts meet on need for new rules to govern world's fragile polar regions
Problems forecast for the Arctic as its ice recedes include: Overfishing; Pollution from ships and offshore extraction of oil and gas; Oil spills; and Invasion of alien species carried by ships' ballast water. "Overfishing, the result in part of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, is already occurring in the Okhotsk and Bering Seas," says conference presenter Dr. Tatiana Saksina of the World Wildlife Fund's International Arctic Programme. "Agreements are needed now to regulate shared and straddling fish stocks and to protect fish migrating to higher latitudes in search of colder waters," she says.
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