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Arctic Frontiers 2014 calls for papers
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 20 June 2013 09:31

(Photo: Magdalena Tomasik) Arctic Frontiers 2013 (Photo: Magdalena Tomasik) Arctic Frontiers 2013 Arctic Frontiers holds its 8th annual conference in Tromsø, Norway, from 19-24 January 2014, with the title: Humans in the Arctic.


The Arctic Frontiers conference is a central arena for discussions of Arctic issues. The conference brings together representatives from science, politics, and civil society to share perspectives on how upcoming challenges in the Arctic may be addressed to ensure sustainable development.


Arctic Frontiers 2014 will address two main themes:


I) Health, Environment and Society, and II) Offshore Maritime Challenges.


Health, society and environment


The environment of the Arctic is changing, and this affects the conditions for humans living in the Arctic for better and for worse. Climate change will lead to less ice and permafrost and thus, increased tourism, fishing, petroleum activities and mining. These activities in the High North will give opportunities and impact socio-economy, demography and traditional lifestyle as well as increase contamination and disturb the natural environment. The cumulative impact may affect life, wellbeing, culture and ultimately the health of people living in the region. Healthy adaption to the changes must be planned. The latest advances in technology and innovative communication are potentially very effective tools with which to reduce risk related to living and working in the Arctic and also maximize the benefits, thus ensuring sustainable development. How can this be done? Arctic Frontiers 2014 will address the scientific challenges ahead.


Offshore Maritime Challenges

The growth in offshore petroleum activities in the Arctic and the renewed interest in cargo transport north of the American and Eurasian continents require improved or new logistic and transport solutions, better guidance to ships and an extended emergency response service including Search and Rescue (SAR). This is also the case for increasing tourism and fishery activities in the Arctic. A wide range of challenges are facing the operations due to the extreme distances, climatic and weather conditions, as well as winter darkness. Low temperatures, summer fog, long distances to shore-based resources require a robust communication infrastructure, new warning systems, survival kits, lifesaving equipment, rescue units and operating procedures. The aim of the conference is to discuss these arctic challenges, and to present innovative and viable solutions in order to reduce risk, build resilience and secure commercial operations.


(Photo: Magdalena Tomasik) Winter in Tromso, northern Norway (Photo: Magdalena Tomasik) Winter in Tromso, northern Norway We invite you to submit an abstract within any of these four parts. All abstracts will be reviewed by members of the four scientific committees for rating of abstract quality and presentation content.


Four parallel parts will be discussed:


Health, society and environment

> Live, work and stay healthy in the Arctic

> Health & Environment in the Arctic


Offshore Maritime Challenges

> Shipping & Offshore in the Arctic

> Arctic Offshore Search and Rescue (SAR)


Interested scientists are invited to submit abstracts to one of these four sessions for both oral and poster presentations.


Arctic Frontiers is composed of a policy section and a scientific section. This call for papers addresses only the scientific section from 22 January to 24 January 2014.

The Call for Papers closes on 21 October 2013.


For more information and online registration, download the complete Call for Papers on the Arctic Frontiers homepage.





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Coastal tourism: questions and answers
Shipping News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 09:30

(Logo: Marine & Coastal Culture Tourism in Northern Territories) (Logo: Marine & Coastal Culture Tourism in Northern Territories) Conference that focused on the fishing environment in northern territories took place in the University of Akureyri, 18 – 19 June 2013. The conference was organized by the Stefansson Arctic Institute in collaboration with the University of Akureyri Research Center, NORA, the Iclandic Tourism Research Center, Norwegian Seafood Center and the Icelandic Lighthouse Society.


Marine and coastal culture tourism is growing in popularity in various ways. Some tourists want to learn about life in coastal villages, experience nature and tranquility as well as the wilderness. Others want to experience the excitement of driving charter boats, diving, surfing, go speed boating or hiring a boat and try their luck at fishing. Then there are those who want to sail from port to port and country to country on board gigantic cruise ships.


How does this fit in with cultural heritage, everyday life, social development, self-sufficiency, fishing quotas and environmental policies of the Nordic nations? How can the Nordic nations collaborate in this area? Do these diverse aspects of tourism have collaborative opportunities? These challenges were discussed at the conference where further questions were pondered through group work and perhaps more answers and collaborative possibilities found.


To read more about the conference program, please click here.




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Cod quota rise for Iceland
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 08:45

(Photo: Getty Images) (Photo: Getty Images) The Marine Research Institute has released its annual report which suggests Iceland should receive a 10 per cent rise in its cod quota.


The report, the State of Marine Stocks in Icelandic Waters 2012/2013 and Prospects for the Quota Year 2013/2014, published figures that indicate the North Atlantic nation should be allocated a significant increase in the amount of cod it is permitted to catch.


Based on the assessment, there should be a 10 percent increase in the total amount of cod the country is permitted to catch in the next fishing year, rising to 215,000 tonnes. According to the MRI's figures, the spawning stock and reference stock of cod has increased rapidly over recent years.


In March this year, ICES evaluated the haddock harvest control rule to be "precautionary" and conform with the MSY. The Icelandic government adopted the rule in April which, based on the harvest control rule, would see the country stick to the MRI's recommendation of a total allowable catch of 38,000 tons of haddock during the 2013/2014 fishing year.


The MRI report states that many of the country's commercial stocks remain in balance and are only exploited moderately. Due to this, changes in quota recommendations and stock sizes are usually affected by changes in recruitment patterns.




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Mackerel debate continues
Politics News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 14 June 2013 12:42

(Photo: Getty Images) Fisherman in the Arctic (Photo: Getty Images) Fisherman in the Arctic Last week Icelandic Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture was pleased to welcome EU Commissioner Maria Damanaki in order to discuss the on going debate over mackerel fishing rights in North Atlantic.


At the meeting Iceland expressed its sincere willingness to return to the negotiating table as soon as possible in order to find a fair solution to this dispute – a willingness that I gladly reiterate today. Preserving the mackerel stock and bringing the catches to sustainable levels has always been our top priority and Iceland's government and fishing industry remain willing and ready to play our part.


Mackerel is a precious resource for Iceland and our fellow Coastal States, including the European Union, Norway and the Faroe Islands. We must all work together to protect the mackerel stock through sustainable fishing levels based on collaborative scientific research. Iceland has cut its 2013 mackerel catch by 15 percent to help sustain the long-term health of the stock. We hope the other negotiating countries will join us at the negotiating table with the same sense of urgency.



AES call for posters
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 13 June 2013 09:24

(Logo: Arctic Energy Summit) Event badge (Logo: Arctic Energy Summit) Event badge Arctic Energy Summit that will take place in Akureyri, northern Iceland 8 – 10 of October 2013 has now opened the call for posters.


In order to encourage knowledge sharing and information exchange between conference participants on their ongoing projects or emerging technology, AES calls for conference posters.


The 2013 Arctic Energy Summit is also an excellent platform to showcase of the energy – related products, projects or programs to the leading policy makers and professionals working in the field of arctic energy.


The 2013 Arctic energy Summit is a multidisciplinary event expected to draw several hundred industry officials, scientists, academics, policy makers, energy professionals and community leaders together to collaborate and share leading approaches on Arctic energy issues.


Click here for more information about the Conference.




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