Youth Reporting Project: Marine Traffic in the Arctic

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ATMI youth reporter Quinn White (left) collects audio as World Wildlife Fund’s Elizabeth Kruger drops a hydrophone into Golovin Bay with the help of Golovin student Casey Williams.  

Under the Sea Ice 

By ATMI Producer Quinn White, with support from World Wildlife Fund

ATMI visited Golovin and Wales—two villages along the Bering Strait—to explore how sea mammals might be affected by increased ship traffic in the Arctic. The team monitored sounds in the Bering Strait, detecting and recording sea mammals as they migrated north through the strait in the spring.

Listen: Under the Sea Ice 

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Listen: Bering Strait Hydrophone Recording

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Ice packs up next to open water in the Bering Strait in early April 2018.

Shipping Traffic in the Bering Strait

By ATMI Producer Rowan Pickard, with support from World Wildlife Fund

Traversing the opening Russian and Canadian Northwest passages in the arctic has allowed ships to travel to their destinations faster and easier than ever during certain times of the year. However increased traffic carries with it potential environmental impacts that may be detrimental to an ecology that has never had exposure to man made travel before. 

Listen: Shipping Traffic in the Bering Strait 

Weigh in: The United States Coast Guard is requesting comments for the Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast that they published on December 21, 2018.  The comment period is open until January 30, 2020.

Voices from Golovin and Wales

This youth reporting project was supported by World Wildlife Fund.