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Bering Sea

Scientists Document Striking Changes in Pacific Arctic Ecosystem during Four Year Study

The northern Bering and Chukchi Seas are among the world’s most productive ocean areas. They are home to millions of seabirds and marine mammals and vibrant Indigenous cultures. The region has also long been one of the fastest warming places on the planet. In a recnetly published paper in Nature Climate Change, a multi-disciplinary team of academic, government, and private sector scientists reports that dramatic changes in these Arctic ecosystems due to warmer ocean conditions.

A mooring used by EcoFOCI in the Bering Sea to understand the determine the influence of the physical and biological environments on marine populations and the subsequent impact on fisheries

EcoFOCI maintains an array of four moorings on the southeastern Bering Sea Shelf that collect year-round measurements to better understand the mechanisms and changes that may impact the productive marine ecosystem. 

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