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Oceans & Coasts

NOAA’s National Ocean Service conserves and manages our Arctic Ocean resources to support resilient ecosystems and communities and works to map the seafloor to improve charting and navigational support. 

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About Our Work in the Arctic //

Over 40,000 indigenous people living on Alaska’s Arctic coastline depend on marine resources for subsistence. But the Arctic Ocean affects not just people in Alaska, but across the lower 48 as well. For example, commercial harvest of groundfish, shellfish, salmon and other resources constitute almost 50 percent of marine fish landings in the U.S. As the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea becomes warmer, sea ice continues to retreat, and the area becomes more accessible, consequences to U.S. communities and economies must be anticipated. NOAA’s Ocean Service conserves and manages our Arctic and coastal resources based on sound science to support healthy, productive, and resilient ecosystems and communities. 

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Arctic Report Card

Tracking recent environmental changes relative to historical records



Conserving and managing our Arctic Ocean resources


Providing weather information to protect lives, property, and management



Observing the Arctic ocean and atmosphere to understand and forecast Arctic change



Providing environmental intelligence to understanding the complex Arctic system



Conserving and managing Arctic living marine resources and their habitats


Our Scientists, Experts, and Partners //

Craig McLean

Craig McLean

Assistant Administrator, Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
December 12, 2016 0 Comments
Dr. W. Russell Callender

Dr. W. Russell Callender

Assistant Administrator, National Ocean Service
December 12, 2016 0 Comments
Eileen Sobeck

Eileen Sobeck

Assistant Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service

December 8, 2016 0 Comments
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