Protecting Whales in an Ice-Free Arctic

Researchers studying the impact of ship traffic and noise on whales in the eastern Beaufort Sea believe reducing vessel speed could be an effective tool for preventing whale distress and lowering the risk of collisions. (Photo courtesy WCS Canada)
The map above (top) shows beluga and bowhead whale habitat and existing Marine Protected Areas in the eastern Beaufort Sea, an area likely to see increasing ship traffic as sea ice disappears. The second map shows ship traffic through the same area in 2016. (Maps courtesy WCS Canada)

Reducing speed, reducing sound

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