Protect the Bering Strait

The Bering Strait is a place like nowhere else on Earth—and it’s worth protecting.

  • It’s teeming with wildlife—polar bears; beluga, bowhead and gray whales; walruses; and ringed and ribbon seals.
  • It's home to some of the largest concentrations of breeding seabirds in North America.
  • Each spring one of the largest marine migrations on Earth passes through this narrow gateway to reach the Arctic’s incredibly nutrient-rich and productive waters.

But the Arctic is heating up fast. As sea ice melts, passage through the Bering Strait is becoming easier for vessels, and interest in commercial shipping is increasing. As ship traffic increases in the Bering Strait, so does the risk of pollution, ocean noise, ship strikes on marine mammals and catastrophic oil spills. These impacts could not only affect the region’s abundant wildlife, but also the Alaska Native peoples who depend on the ecosystem for food and culture. 

Take action and tell decision-makers to protect the Bering Strait’s incomparable marine wildlife from increasing shipping.

 

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