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An Assessment of the Environmental Risks of Arctic Vessel Traffic

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In this timely report, Ocean Conservancy presents key information related to vessel traffic in Arctic waters, including the characteristics of Arctic vessel traffic, infrastructure, governance mechanisms, regulatory gaps and environmental risks. It also provides recommendations that chart a course for the next iteration of protections needed to address the risks vessel traffic poses to the Arctic marine environment including oil spills, air emissions, invasive species, disturbance to marine mammals and discharges of sewage and graywater.

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