Wednesday, April 03, 2013

The Arctic region: An emerging maritime frontier

The Arctic region: An emerging maritime frontier

Written by Capt. Jonathan S. Spaner, Coast Guard director, Office of Emerging Policy.

The Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp spoke of the Arctic as an emerging frontier during the 2013 State of the Coast Guard Address in February. He said, “one example of what our future holds can be seen in the emerging frontier of the Arctic, where there is a new ocean appearing. In September we observed the lowest sea ice extent in recorded history, and there are vast areas of open water where there used to be ice…As the receding ice increasingly gives way to commercial ventures, and human and economic presence increases, so do our responsibilities. We must continue to refine our ability to provide – and then support – a persistent operational presence during periods of increasing human activity and environmental risk.”

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