Is a fishing boom in the Arctic a sure thing?

The Canadian PressA recent article in the magazine The Economist looks at the potential of a fishing bonanza  in the the Arctic Ocean.

The article suggests that global warming might not produce the boom expected, and cites, among others, the work of two Canadian researchers from Laval University Jean-Éric Tremblay and Marcel Babin.

The article does a much better job of explaining the science than I would hazard to do here.

But in short, it suggests that global warming could change the composition of the Arctic Ocean in significant ways, including stratification where seawater separates into various layers impeding the movement of things like nutrients.

Some research cited in the article suggests such potential changes could impede certain species from thriving, and that a fishing boom in such cases is far from a sure thing.

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Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)


Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project.

Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the violent death of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on violence and trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

Twitter: @Arctic_EQ

Email: eilis.quinn(at)

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