The high Arctic is—well, it’s cold. It’s the Arctic after all. And we are very far north. Far north of Iceland, way up at 78º N and way north of Norway, in the waters around an astonishing group of rock-and-ice islands known as Svalbard.
Greenpeace has invited me to join them for a while on their ship Arctic Sunrise as they document the intensifying fishing that is moving in as cod and other fishes shift north with a warming ocean. They’re working with major fishing companies and global fish buyers and retailers toward a plan to protect some of this sensitive seafloor from the damages that dragging nets has done to corals and seafloor communities elsewhere.