The Ambassador for Oceans and Fisheries stated recently that the United States needs to research the Arctic area in particular the Chukchi and Becufort sea’s so it can be determined how best to manage future human activities in the area.
This was discussed at the Arctic Fisheries Symposium. In August of this year the US Secretary of Commence Gary Locke put a plan in place to ban fishing in the region until more is known about it. Especially the focus of developing a sustainable fishing program with all the countries surrounding the arctic region.
Commercial fisherman, conservation organizations and indigenous people will all have a say in the coming months as the area is being studied.