The North Pole’s floating
ice-reef habitat is disappearing.

The Arctic Ocean’s biodiversity & ecosystem services are at risk.

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* Representing annual summer sea ice extent


Commercial vessels
bring stressors & risks
to an undisturbed ecosystem.

As the floating ice-reef recedes and creates a newly accessible ocean, the biodiversity within the Central Arctic Ocean, already challenged by stressors resulting from greenhouse gases, now faces the introduction of direct stressors from surface vessel activity.

The most biologically active layer of these waters is warming and acidifying faster than anywhere on Earth due to greenhouse gas emissions – and these environmental threats to species are intensifying due to the Arctic Amplification Effect.

The direct stressors posed by the vessels involved in commercial fishing, international shipping and hydrocarbon extraction put at heightened risk the function of the Arctic Ocean’s ecosystem services.

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Proposed solution:
Protect this global commons
for global public benefit

The 90 North Foundation’s proposed solution is to establish a Marine Protected Area, potentially with Fully Protected status, for the international waters of the Central Arctic Ocean, through an international legal instrument by 2037 – the North Pole Marine Reserve (aka Central Arctic Ocean Marine Reserve).

As a Marine Protected Area covering 2.8 million sq km around the North Pole, it would be the world’s most iconic and largest wildlife reserve – with ‘Fully Protected’ MPA status providing the highest level of protection for biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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"With your support we will establish the North Pole Marine Reserve for the global public benefit."

Marine research, public education and conservation advocacy are now urgently needed to protect the region’s threatened wildlife, habitat and ecosystem services.

In a partnership with the 90 North Foundation, the University of Exeter’s world-class marine research faculty has set up the Central Arctic Ocean Research Unit. Its purpose is to research the risks to the region’s biodiversity and ecosystem services – and the solution.

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Our resources are designed for all stakeholders interested in understanding more about the biodiversity, ecosystem and ecosystem services of the Central Arctic Ocean – and its conservation

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Tools and resources about the Arctic Ocean for teachers

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Research Archive

Links to curated scientific papers covering key research topics

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Films & Shorts

Curated documentary films and shorter interviews and features relating to the Central Arctic Ocean

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Interviews by Pen Hadow with informed individuals on their thoughts for the future of the Central Arctic Ocean

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A schedule of events hosted, or attended by, the 90 North Foundation, including events where its representatives will be giving conference keynotes and publicly accessible talks

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