Protecting the Arctic from Future Oil Spills

Why is March 24th, 2017 so important?

On this day, exactly 28 years ago, nearly 11 million gallons of oil emptied into Prince William Sound over only three days.

The tragedy of the Exxon Valdez oil spill is still present.

Oil that may be as toxic as it was 28 years ago can be found in Prince William Sound and is still affecting the ecosystem.

An oil spill could happen again...

If we don’t act now and update inadequate regulations on ship traffic in the Bering Sea. We can still protect the Arctic.

Arctic sea ice is melting and making the Arctic more accessible to ship traffic

As the Arctic Ocean becomes easier to navigate due to the loss of sea ice, it is experiencing more and more ship traffic. More traffic means higher risk.

Risks of Increased Traffic:

  • Oil spills
  • Vessel strikes on marine mammals
  • Air pollution
  • Discharge of wastes into the water
  • Production of underwater noise

Bering Strait transits have more than doubled since 2008

Help Us Take Action And Implement Solutions to Reduce Vessel Traffic Risks

Ocean Conservancy is working right now with others who care about the health and
future of the Bering Sea.

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