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Sounding Board: Arctic Shipping

Northwest passage routes

A NASA image shows routes of the Northwest Passage, including routes adjacent to Alaska’s western and northern shores. Marine vessel traffic is expected to become increasingly active in these regions in the coming decades.

This Thursday on Sounding Board (March 21, 2013 at 10am), we’re talking about the future of goods being shipped through the Arctic Ocean.

Scientists predict that open-water vessels could be traveling the Northern Sea Route and the Northwest Passage by 2040; this means more traffic passing along the Western Alaska coast.

  • How do you think this traffic will impact your community?
  • Do you see any benefits to the opening of the Arctic Ocean for you or for the region?
  • How do you think an increase in vessels will impact subsistence lifestyles?
  • Are there any advantages or disadvantages for the environment with more vessels passing through?
  • What recommendations do you have for legislators or shipping companies as they prepare to set up vessel traffic regulations?

 

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