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    Large Marine Ecosystems of the Arctic: New fact sheets

    A new series of fact sheets on the Large Marine Ecosystems of the Arctic provides a new lens through which to see the Arctic's natural boundaries.

  • Boat in Arctic ice

    Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum Launches Public Web Portal

    Today, the Arctic Council’s Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum launched a public Web Portal to assist in the effective implementation of the International Maritime Organization’s International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code).

    The Web Portal, accessible at, provides links to authoritative information essential to implementation of and compliance with the Polar Code.

  • Interview: Renée Sauvé, Chair of PAME

    Renée Sauvé chaired the Arctic Council Working Group PAME during the U.S. Chairmanship (2015-2017), and has stayed on as the group’s Chair for the Finnish Chairmanship (2017-2019). In the interview below, read some of her thoughts as she looks back to PAME’s past two years, and ahead to its bright future.

  • Arctic Council Advances Work on Arctic Issues

    At a meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, March 15-17, the Arctic Council gathered Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) from the eight Arctic States, and the six Permanent Participant organizations representing indigenous peoples of the Arctic, to address ongoing efforts on a range of topics of high importance for the Arctic.

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    Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of 13-18 September 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the historic occasion, we’ve been highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article focuses on some of the work that Working Groups PAME and CAFF do on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

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    Implementation of the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME all met during the week of 13-18 September 2015 in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the historic occasion, we’ve been highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios. This article focuses on the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan by Working Group PAME.

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    Following up on the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment

    Arctic Council Working Groups ACAP, AMAP, CAFF and PAME are all meeting this week in Tromsø, Norway. To mark the occasion, we’re highlighting a series of projects from their portfolios.This article focuses on PAME's 2015 Progress Report on the Implementation of the 2009 Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA) Report Recommendations.

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    Historic meeting of Arctic Council Working Groups

    In the week of 14-18 September, four of the Arctic Council's six Working Groups will be gathering simultaneously in Tromsø...

  • Renée Sauvé at the Akureyri airport in Iceland

    Interview: Renée Sauvé, PAME Chair

    Read an interview with Renée Sauvé, the new chair of PAME, the Arctic Council's Working Group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment…

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    Arctic Ocean Safety, Security & Stewardship

    At the 9th Arctic Council ministerial meeting, held in Iqaluit, Nunavut Canada in April 2015, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Minister for the Arctic Council, formally handed the Arctic Council Chairmanship to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, chair of the Arctic Council during the U.S. Chairmanship. On this occasion, Arctic ministers adopted an ambitious new work plan organized around three thematic pillars. The second of these – Arctic Ocean safety, security & stewardship – is addressed by numerous elements of the Council’s work plan for the years ahead.

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    Responsible Economic and Resource Development in the Arctic

    It is recognized that the economic potential of the Arctic is enormous, and its sustainable development is key to the region's resilience and prosperity...

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    Safe Shipping and Marine Environmental Protection

    The Arctic Council’s vision for the Arctic marine environment is one that is healthy, productive, and resilient, and that supports human well-being...

  • Call for papers for 2015 international conference on Arctic shipping

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO), World Maritime University (WMU) and the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) working group of the Arctic Council have announced a call for papers...

  • Image of drilling rig in waters off of Seattle

    New Guidelines from PAME on Arctic Oil and Gas Safety Management

    A new report from Working Group PAME provides guidance on options to promote improved safety culture and robust safety management systems in the Arctic offshore oil and gas industry. As interest in Arctic offshore petroleum resources continues to grow, there has been growing concern about the potential effects that an increase in such activities could have on the Arctic marine environment and the ways of life of indigenous people and local communities.

  • Image of zodiac boats next to icebergs

    Arctic Marine Tourism Project taking shape

    The Arctic Marine Tourism Project (AMTP) is part of a renewed effort by the Arctic Council to analyze and promote sustainable tourism across the circumpolar Arctic. The AMTP is organized by the Arctic Council’s Working Group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) and co-led by Canada and the United States.

  • Oil skimmers at work, image by NOAA Photo Library

    Arctic Council works to prevent Arctic marine oil pollution

    The Task Force on Arctic Marine Oil Pollution Prevention (TFOPP) was established at the Kiruna Ministerial Meeting in May, 2013 to explore how the Arctic Council can help to advance oil pollution prevention in the Arctic. Although much work has been done in identifying best practices, there is important and challenging work to be done in identifying how, in practical terms, Arctic States can work towards this goal.

  • Aerial view of Reykjavik where the PAME workshops were held. (Photo: Bryan Pocius/Flickr) / РЕЙКЬЯВИК,  МЕСТО ПРОВЕДЕНИЯ РАБОЧИХ СОВЕЩАНИЙ PAME, С ВЫСОТЫ ПТИЧЬЕГО ПОЛЁТА (ФОТО: БРАЙАН ПОCИУС)

    Three PAME workshops on the Arctic marine environment

    During the week of 10-14 June, 2013, the Arctic Council’s Working Group on Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) convened three workshops in Reykjavík, Iceland to advance work as directed by the Arctic Council Ministers in Kiruna and outlined in PAME‘s 2013-2015 workplan.  

  • The sea outside the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway (Photo: Linnea Nordström) / МОРЕ В РАЙОНЕ ЛОФОТЕНСКИХ ОСТРОВОВ, СЕВЕРНАЯ НОРВЕГИЯ (ФОТО: ЛИННЕА НОРДСТРЁМ)

    Arctic Ocean Review demonstrates Arctic Council stewardship efforts of the Arctic marine environment

    Arctic marine areas are vital components in the regulation of global climate and an important source of nutrition, income and cultural identity for Arctic peoples and communities. At the May 2013 Ministerial meeting in Kiruna, Arctic Council Ministers welcomed the Arctic Ocean Review (AOR) Final Report and approved its 24 recommendations.

  • Photo caption: CAFF Biennial Meeting delegates had the opportunity to attend a performance at the Sakha Republic’s Dance Theater. Photo: Arctic Council

    Arctic Council working groups complete documents for Ministerial

    Last week three of the Arctic Council working groups held their last meetings before the Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna in May. The ACAP, CAFF, and PAME working groups made the final changes to the assessments and reports which will be presented to the Arctic Ministers. The working groups also completed reports over their activities 2011-2013 and their work plans for 2013-2015.

  • Picture from one of the workshop sessions.

    PAME Health and Safety Workshop

    The Protection of Arctic Marine Environments (PAME) working group held a Health Safety and Environmental Management Systems (HSEMS) Workshop in Keflavik, Iceland 10-12 June. The agenda of the workshop was coordinated with the related EPPR Recommended Practices for Prevention oil Pollution (RP3) workshop also held in Keflavik 11-12 June to facilitate the opportunity for oil and gas experts to attend and contribute to both workshops.