Bush signs Arctic fisheries measure

Posted: Thursday, June 05, 2008

ANCHORAGE - A resolution signed by President Bush calls for the United States to begin international negotiations to manage Arctic Ocean fisheries.

The resolution signed Tuesday was sponsored by U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, and applauded by Oceana, a conservation group dedicated to protecting the world's oceans.

Fisheries experts said that as polar ice melts, previously inaccessible Arctic waters may draw fishing fleets and rogue fishermen.

The resolution discourages the United States from supporting the expansion of commercial fishing in Arctic international waters until management agreements are in place.

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