The colourful fishermen’s houses in the village of Qeqertasuaq, Greenland, suggest an idyllic way of life. But the Arctic fishing industry is rife with conflicts among different interest groups. How can they be contained? The ArcticABC project focuses on this question.
The colourful fishermen’s houses in the village of Qeqertasuaq, Greenland, suggest an idyllic way of life. But the Arctic fishing industry is rife with conflicts among different interest groups. How can they be contained? The ArcticABC project focuses on this question. Fernando Moleres/laif

Headline: Arctic Ocean Ecosystems – Applied Technology, Biological Interactions and Consequences in an Era of Abrupt Climate Change (ArcticABC)

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How will the decline in Arctic sea ice affect fish stocks in this region? What are the likely consequences of this development for the regulation of Arctic fisheries? Contributing to the IASS project Global Change and Arctic Sustainable Transformations, this project will examine the stakes of Arctic and non-Arctic actors in Arctic fisheries and assess the existing Arctic fisheries governance framework as to its appropriateness for peaceful and environmentally sustainable management. The project aims to create a better understanding of global-local interconnections between stakeholders within and beyond the Arctic region in the area of fisheries and to identify deficits in the governance of Arctic fisheries.

It’s well known that global warming is impinging on the ecosystems of the Arctic Ocean, but the actual consequences of this for the region and beyond are as yet under-researched. How will the decline in Arctic sea ice affect fish stocks in this region? And what are the likely consequences of this development for the regulation of Arctic fisheries? How can a sustainable fishing industry be guaranteed?

What are the consequences of a decline in Arctic sea ice for fishing interests?

As a participating institute in the geopolitics module of the ArcticABC Project funded by the Research Council of Norway, the IASS is investigating the level of interest in a potential extension of fishing opportunities in the Arctic among actors within and outside the region. The aim is to identify potential conflicts between the interested parties and propose appropriate measures to contain them. In addition, we will examine existing regulations on fishing activities in the Arctic with a view to detecting loopholes and assessing whether governance regulations are a suitable means of ensuring peaceful and sustainable fishing activities. This project contributes to the IASS project Global Change and Arctic Sustainable Transformations.