Commercial fish species discovered in the Arctic
Spurred by the rush to develop the Arctic’s offshore oil and gas riches, scientists are unlocking some mysteries about the marine environment off Alaska’s northern coast.
Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on the icy Beaufort and Chukchi seas, resulting in major discoveries — including the existence of commercial fish species such as Pacific cod and walleye pollock in places never before documented.
Two summers ago, Libby Logerwell and her colleagues from the National Marine Fisheries Service headed out in a trawler to survey fish populations in federal waters of the western Beaufort. This research project occurred the same year that the federal government leased large blocks of seafloor in both seas to major oil companies for exploration. It was the first offshore fish survey in the Beaufort in 30 years.
via Anchorage Daily News