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Co-chairs: William Halliday (Wildlife Conservation Society Canada)

Stephen Insley (Wildlife Conservation Society Canada)


Climate change is causing the Arctic marine environment to change rapidly, which has cascading effects on Arctic marine animals due to changes in habitat quality and prey availability, among other factors. Arctic marine animals may therefore be particularly sensitive to anthropogenic disturbance because it may further compound the negative effects of climate change. This session will focus on assessing the impacts of anthropogenic activities on Arctic marine animals. Anthropogenic activities are defined quite broadly, and can include vessel traffic, oil and gas exploration and extraction, mining, or any other human activity that may negatively affect marine life through impacts such as physical and noise disturbance, contamination, or spreading invasive species.