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ICC wants tougher rules on Arctic underwater shipping noise – Nunatsiaq News

Feb 3, 2023

Formulating regulations would be complicated, lengthy process, says committee president

The Inuit Circumpolar Committee wants to see mandatory measures put in place to regulate underwater ship noise.

Current guidelines are voluntary and have not been effective in mitigating the problem, according to ICC president Lisa Koperqualuk, which is why her committee is making a case for the change.

“We feel that mandatory measures will work better to protect the Arctic marine ecosystem,” Koperqualuk said.

The push comes as members of the United Nations International Maritime Organization, which regulates international shipping, recently discussed the guidelines at a subcommittee meeting Jan 23 to 27 in London, U.K.

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