Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment

Quick Facts

Primary Focus
The protection and sustainable use of the Arctic marine environment

Establishment
1991

Chairmanship 2021-2023
Sweden

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PAME addresses marine policy measures in response to environmental change from both land and sea-based activities. PAME develops and coordinates strategic plans, programs, assessments and guidelines, complementing existing legal arrangements aimed at protection of the Arctic marine environment.

PAME’s projects largely operate within the following themes:

  • Arctic Shipping
  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Resource Exploration and Development
  • Ecosystem Approach to Management
  • Arctic Marine Pollution

PAME’s Chairmanship rotates between Arctic Council Member States. Arctic States and Permanent Participants participate in the work, and Observers are invited to participate at PAME meetings.

Jessica Nilsson
PAME Chair

Elizabeth McLanahan

Vice-Chair
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Office of International Affairs
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Soffia Gudmundsdottir

Executive Secretary
PAME Secretariat
Email
+354 461 1355
+354 863 8576

Featured projects

Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter

Reducing the negative impacts of marine litter, including microplastics, to the Arctic marine environment.
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Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) of the Central Arctic Ocean

Investigating the current state of the Central Arctic Ocean

Underwater noise in the Arctic

Providing a baseline understanding of underwater noise in Arctic regions, including ambient sound levels, underwater noise created by anthropogenic activities, and impacts of underwater noise on marin...
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Arctic Shipping Status Reports

Using the ASTD System to develop a user-friendly, illustrative informational factsheets online to highlight important developments in Arctic shipping activities.
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Existing Waste Management Practices and Pollution Control for Marine and Coastal Mining

Identifying practices for offshore discharge of mining residuals
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Interpretation of the Polar Code

Facilitating consistent interpretation of the Code.
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Marine Invasive Alien Species in Arctic Waters

Protecting the Arctic from the adverse impacts of invasive alien species
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Modelling Arctic oceanographic connectivity

Ongoing climate change may facilitate increased access to the Arctic region, and potential new economic opportunities, but may also bring potential threats to the Arctic marine and coastal environment...
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Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECM) Areas in the Arctic Marine Environment

An overview of the current range and understanding of international and national criteria used for identification of OECMs in the Arctic.
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New Low Sulphur Fuels, Fate, and Behavior in Cold Water Conditions

Knowledge on New Low-Sulphur Fuels in the Arctic
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Collaboration with the Arctic Regional Hydrographic Commission (ARHC)

PAME and the Arctic Regional Hydrography Commission (ARHC) have developed a joint policy statement on the importance of hydrography in the Arctic region to safe and sustainable maritime navigation.
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Systematically Strengthening Observer Engagement in PAME’s Shipping Work

Identifying options for leveraging Observer interest, expertise and engagement in PAME’s shipping work.
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Arctic Port Reception Facilities Inventory

Developing a current inventory of Arctic port reception facilities to assess where there may be infrastructure gaps in light of increasing Arctic shipping traffic.
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Arctic Arrangement for Regional Reception Facilities

Due to the Arctic’s unique circumstances (remoteness, severe weather, limited infrastructure and resources) regional arrangements are a practical means of meeting MARPOL obligations.
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Raising awareness in the Arctic Council of the provisions of the 2012 Cape Town Agreement

For the safety of fishing vessels and the experience gained in the implementation process by Arctic States and other nations, recognizing the importance of fishing vessel safety in the Arctic due to t...

Arctic Ship Traffic Data - ASTD

Collecting and distributing accurate, reliable, and up-to-date information on shipping activities in the Arctic.
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Fishing Practice & Gear Inventory

Enhancing Understanding of Abandoned Lost or otherwise Discarded Fishing Gear (ALDFG)
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Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum

Facilitating an exchange of information and best practices on shipping topics like hydrography, search and rescue logistics, industry guidelines and ship equipment, systems and structure.
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Ecosystem Status, Human Impact and Management Measures in the Central Arctic Ocean

Synthesizing relevant information on the status, trends and projected changes in the Central Arctic Ocean, human activities and pressures in the area, and the current management measures in place in o...
Ship in the Arctic. Photo: iStock / Alexey_Seafarer

Arctic Marine Tourism: Development in the Arctic and enabling real change

Analyzing and promoting sustainable tourism across the circumpolar Arctic.
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Meaningful Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Marine Activities

Compiling and analyzing existing documents and summarize stheir main aspects, principles, and processes for engagement of Indigenous Peoples and local communities.
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Management of Arctic Marine Oil and Gas Associated Noise

The continuation of Arctic marine oil and gas activities requires a better understanding of the sources of noise and the effects and potential effects of noise on marine mammals and fish.

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  • Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, greeted the Akureyri-branches of the Ministry this morning here in Akureyri, Iceland. Nice cup of coffee, and the first gathering of around 40 people for some time in the building! https://t.co/qr34fJLUoA June 21 9:41 am

PAME news

“Plastic in a Bottle” afloat again

In September 2019, the Arctic Council’s Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group launched its first “Plastic in a Bottle”, a capsule equipped with...
23 Jun 2021
All tourism vessel traffic in 2019, cruise and passenger ships.

As Arctic marine tourism increases, how can we ensure it’s sustainable?

A look into Arctic tourism trends and local guideline development
10 May 2021
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Navigating the future of Arctic shipping

What an increase in Arctic shipping means for the region
10 May 2021
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Calendar

June
29 Jun-30 Jun 2021
SAO Executive Online / Moscow
October
07 Oct-08 Oct 2021
PAME Plenary Online
November
16 Nov-18 Nov 2021
Arctic Shipping Best Practices Forum Online
23 Nov-25 Nov 2021
SAO Plenary Salekhard
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