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Mammals Per Hour: Pressure Mounts to Reduce Shipping Speed Limit to 40 Mph

By Frontiergap @FrontierGap

MAMMALS PER HOUR: PRESSURE MOUNTS TO REDUCE SHIPPING SPEED LIMIT TO 40 MPH

Previously unused shipping routes are experiencing a large increase in traffic, resulting in increased risk to marine mammal species. These routes have only recently been utilised by shipping transport due to the recent disappearance of sea ice which previously caused them to be blocked. One route under particular scrutiny is the Bering Strait between Russia and Alaska, an ecologically rich but relatively narrow pass for ships traveling through both the Northern Sea Route north of Russia and the Northwest Passage through Canada’s Arctic islands. This area is of high priority due to its concentration of marine mammals and indigenous people. Some of the species featured in this particular pass include the bowhead and beluga whale, walrus, several kinds of seals and the polar bear.


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