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A Vast Arctic Marine Wilderness Moves One Step Closer to Protection

Shell Canada has given up 30 offshore oil permits in Canada's eastern Arctic, clearing a major roadblock to the formal protection of nearly 40,000 square miles of globally significant marine wilderness. Shell Canada announced the move jointly with the Canadian government and conservation groups on Wednesday at a World Oceans Day event in Ottawa. About 75 percent of the world's narwhal population and a fifth of the global beluga whale population migrate through Lancaster Sound, which runs along the northern end of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. The sound's waters are rich in copepods, microscopic organisms at the foundation of the marine food chain.

June 10, 2016 Go to Article