FILE - In this July 21, 2011 file  photo, an iceberg floats in the sea near Qeqertarsuaq, Disko Island, Greenland.  Norway is looking into providing high-speed Internet in one of the few places on Earth where it's not available: the Arctic. Demand for high-speed Internet in the Arctic is expected to grow as shipping, fishing and oil companies move north amid warming temperatures and melting ice.(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Fishing has been banned for 16 years in some recently de-iced areas of the Arctic

16 years

Russia, the US, Canada, and several other countries have agreed to stop commercial fishing in recently de-iced areas the Arctic sea for 16 years.

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FILE - In this July 21, 2011 file  photo, an iceberg floats in the sea near Qeqertarsuaq, Disko Island, Greenland.  Norway is looking into providing high-speed Internet in one of the few places on Earth where it's not available: the Arctic. Demand for high-speed Internet in the Arctic is expected to grow as shipping, fishing and oil companies move north amid warming temperatures and melting ice.(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
16 years

Nation states only control sections of the sea close to their shores. So the deal includes countries like China and Iceland that having fishing fleets in international waters.

FILE - In this July 21, 2011 file  photo, an iceberg floats in the sea near Qeqertarsuaq, Disko Island, Greenland.  Norway is looking into providing high-speed Internet in one of the few places on Earth where it's not available: the Arctic. Demand for high-speed Internet in the Arctic is expected to grow as shipping, fishing and oil companies move north amid warming temperatures and melting ice.(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
16 years

The polar ice cap is melting fast, opening up vast tracts of the Arctic Sea for fishing. The agreement bans fishing in those recently uncovered areas.

FILE - In this July 21, 2011 file  photo, an iceberg floats in the sea near Qeqertarsuaq, Disko Island, Greenland.  Norway is looking into providing high-speed Internet in one of the few places on Earth where it's not available: the Arctic. Demand for high-speed Internet in the Arctic is expected to grow as shipping, fishing and oil companies move north amid warming temperatures and melting ice.(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
16 years

The agreement is designed to give time for scientists to understand the effects of fishing in those areas.

FILE - In this July 21, 2011 file  photo, an iceberg floats in the sea near Qeqertarsuaq, Disko Island, Greenland.  Norway is looking into providing high-speed Internet in one of the few places on Earth where it's not available: the Arctic. Demand for high-speed Internet in the Arctic is expected to grow as shipping, fishing and oil companies move north amid warming temperatures and melting ice.(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
16 years

The countries reached the deal despite the current US government’s skepticism towards about climate change and the complicated state of American-Russian relations.

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