Commercial fishing has now been banned around the North Pole.
Five countries have signed a deal to prevent commercial fishing near the North Pole. The United States, Russia, Norway, Canada and Denmark signed the agreement in Oslo on July 16.
The Arctic probably won’t have fish stocks for some time, but scientists believe fish will arrive when the thinning ice melts in summer.
U.S. officials said that precautionary measures were necessary, even though commercial fishing in the area wasn’t likely in the near future.
The five countries would allow fishing in the region once international management standards were in place that take into account how warming seas and melting ice are affecting fish stocks.
A 21-member United Nations arbitration panel is considering competing claims to Arctic territory from neighboring nations.