Bering Strait Shipping: Sea Ice, Economics and Governance

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BERING STRAIT SHIPPING: SEA ICE, ECONOMICS, and GOVERNANCE will be held at 10am on January 12 with HENRY HUNTINGTON, Pew Charitable Trusts. Commercial vessel traffic through the Bering Strait is expected to increase in the coming years. Henry Huntington of the Pew Charitable Trusts will explore the role of reduced sea ice, the economics of shipping, and the potential for effective governance of maritime activity in the area. While uncertainties abound, there are several steps that can be taken–some already underway–to promote safe operations and cultural and environmental protection for the Bering Strait and its peoples. Henry P. Huntington is a scientist with Pew’s Arctic conservation efforts. Huntington’s research activities include reviewing the regulation of subsistence hunting in northern Alaska, documenting traditional ecological knowledge of beluga and bowhead whales, examining Iñupiat Eskimo and Inuit knowledge and use of sea ice, and assessing the impacts of climate change on Arctic communities and marine mammals. He lives with his wife and two sons in Eagle River, Alaska. Registration here.

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