Arctic News Roundup: 1-7 February

[Photo by Marc Lanteigne]

by Mingming Shi

1) According to Sermitsiaq, a local news service in Greenland, a short film [in Danish] calling for Greenlandic sustainable halibut fishing was released by Oceans North, a non-governmental organisation based in Canada. 

2) 6 February marks the Sámi National Day. This event can be traced back to the first Sámi congress held in Trondheim, Norway, on the same day in 1917. The Sámi are Indigenous people inhabiting the Arctic regions of Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia

3) The German research institute Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) published an article entitled ‘Researcher: The EU isn’t good enough at drawing attention to its contribution to Greenland‘. The piece was written by Dr Rasmus Leander Nielsen of the University of Greenland, Nuuk, and was translated from its original Danish.

4) In a report published by the scientific journal Nature, research on the Arctic Ocean suggested that the waterway may in the distant past have been separated from the other oceans and filled with freshwater rather than salt water.

5) The CBC news service reported that the population of the Yukon, a territory in Northern Canada, has experienced stable population growth in the past ten years, based on recent statistics from the local government, and the favourable employment situation in the region has contributed largely to these results.