Looking for a specific product?

Make a search for products & suppliers, articles & news.

Melting Arctic opens new passages for invasive species

For the first time in roughly 2 million years, melting Arctic sea ice is connecting the north Pacific and north Atlantic oceans. The newly opened passages leave both coasts and Arctic waters vulnerable to a large wave of invasive species.

It has been 2 million years since there was a connection between the north Pacific and north Atlantic oceans. The melting Arctic sea ice is now opening this up again. Biologiests warn that this passage leaves both coasts and Arctic waters vulnerable to a large wave of invasive species. Although the passage has opened up lucerative shipping routes, there are other considerations to keep in mind concerning the recent changes. 

"Trans-Arctic shipping is a game changer that will play out on a global scale," said lead author Whitman Miller. "The economic draw of the Arctic is enormous. Whether it's greater access to the region's rich natural resource reserves or cheaper and faster inter-ocean commercial trade, Arctic shipping will reshape world markets. If unchecked, these activities will vastly alter the exchange of invasive species, especially across the Arctic, north Atlantic and north Pacific oceans."

To read more, please visit Science Daily here.

(Image: Havforskningsinstituttet)

Related news

Latest news

New Business Development Manager in Sweden

Mikael explained that when he first got in contact with Oglaend System,

New and innovative starter brackets for hollow concrete sections

Each bracket has a load capacity of up to 1000 kg,

TechnipFMC celebrates 45 years of enhancing the performance of the engineering industry in Spain

TechnipFMC recently commemorated the event with a celebration in Barcelona,

AKVA group to deliver new feed barge to Arctic Sea Farm

Local presence on Iceland and a good training program were critical factors why Arctic Sea Farm hf chose AKVA group as supplier.

World's fastest ROV? - Project ROST

Traditionally, all cleaning has been carried out from a workboat,

New regional manager takes the helm in key oil and gas markets for DNV GL

Elaborating on the differences in the energy markets which now lie under his new responsibilities in DNV GL,

DNV GL launches certification framework and recommended practice for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

The recommended practice DNVGL-RP-F104 Design and operation of carbon dioxide pipelines, 

DNV GL launches new JDP to test biodegradable lubricants

The test programme will investigate such aspects as hydrodynamic oil film formation,

ROV contracts in Brazil

The new contracts and contract extensions give 1 630 days of ROV services...