The Arctic is undergoing extraordinary transformations early in the 21st century. Natural resource development, governance challenges, climate change and marine infrastructure issues are influencing current and future marine uses of the Arctic. The Arctic Council, recognizing these critical changes and issues, at the November 2004 Ministerial meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, called for the Council’s Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) working group to “conduct a comprehensive Arctic marine shipping assessment as outlined under the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan (AMSP) under the guidance of Canada, Finland and the United States as lead countries and in collaboration with the Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) working group and the Permanent Participants as relevant.” The Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment, or The AMSA 2009 Report, is the product of that Arctic Ministerial decision in Reykjavik and was approved at the 2009 Ministerial meeting in Tromsø.

Recent Submissions

  • Alternative fuels in the Arctic 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019)
    Shipping activities in the Arctic impacts on climate change, health and the environment. Introducing alternative fuels in arctic shipping could significantly reduce emissions and impacts, as well as risk associated with ...
  • Underwater Noise in the Arctic - A State of Knowledge Report 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-05)
    The Arctic region is a unique environment when it comes to underwater noise and the potential impacts that increasing noise levels could have on animals in the Arctic. There are a number of factors which contribute to its ...
  • Meaningful Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Marine Activities Part II Report 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2019-03)
    The Meaningful Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Marine Activities (MEMA) Part II project sets out to take stock of existing practices for engagement of Indigenous peoples and local communities in ...
  • Arctic Council Status on Implementation of the AMSA 2009 Report Recommendations 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment, 2017-05-11)
    The 2017 Progress Report on Implementation of the 2009 Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA) Recommendations is the fourth effort by the Arctic Council's Working Group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment ...
  • Regional Waste Management Strategies for Arctic Shipping; Regional Reception Facilities Plan (RRFP) 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment, 2017-05-11)
    This paper summarizes the work of PAME's Regional Reception Facilities Experts Group (RRF-EG), on the development of the concept of regional arrangements for MARPOL reception facilities (RRF) to address challenges for ...
  • Meaningful Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Communities in Marine Activities (MEMA); Part I Report 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment, 2017-05-11)
    A significant amount of work has been done in the MEMA project. A database has been compiled with hundreds of documents and individual recommendations, declarations, and requirements relating to engagement of Indigenous ...
  • Meaningful Engagement of Indigenous Peoples and Communities in Marine Activities (MEMA); Workshop Report 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment, 2016-09)
    On September 17, 2016, the Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group held a workshop on issues surrounding meaningful engagement with Indigenous peoples in the Arctic. The workshop ...
  • Arctic Council. Status on Implementation of the AMSA 2009 Report Recommendations. 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME), 2015-04)
    The 2015 Progress Report on Implementation of the 2009 Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA) Report Recommendations (the 2015 Progress Report) is the third biennial effort by the Arctic Council’s Working Group on the ...
  • AMSA 2013 Progress Report Status on Implementation of the AMSA 2009 Report Recommendations 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME), 2013)
    The Status on Implementation of the AMSA 2009 Reports Recommendations (the 2013 Status Report) represents the second biennial effort, undertaken by the Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) ...
  • AMSA 2011 Progress Report: Status on Implementation of the AMSA 2009 Report Recommendations 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME), 2011-05)
    The Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA) Report was completed and approved by Arctic Council Ministers at their meeting in Tromsø, Norway in April 2009. The AMSA Report examines Arctic shipping from historical, ...
  • AMSA 2006 Progress Report Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment - The Arctic Council's Response to Changing Marine Access 

    Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) (Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group (PAME), 2006)
    At the fourth meeting of the Arctic Council Ministers in November 2004, the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group was requested to conduct a comprehensive and integrated Arctic marine shipping ...
  • Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment 2009 Report 

    Ellis, B.; Brigham, L. (Arctic Council's Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME), 2009)
    The Arctic is undergoing extraordinary transformations early in the 21st century. Natural resource development, governance challenges, climate change and marine infrastructure issues are influencing current and future ...