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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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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



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Issued annually since 2006, the Arctic Report Card is a timely and peer-reviewed source for clear, reliable and concise environmental information on the current state of different components of the Arctic environmental system relative to historical records. The Report Card is intended for a wide audience, including scientists, teachers, students, decision-makers and the general public interested in the Arctic environment and science.

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