Marine ecosystems at risk

The photographs and videos produced by Greenpeace reveal the Arctic marine ecosystems commonly perceived to be clean, actually are at risk. The material has been shot at the Barents Sea, Greenland and the Arctic regions of Canada.

As the ice in Barents Sea has retreated due to global warming, fishing boats have increasingly headed towards one of the last remaining large, intact marine ecosystems in Europe. Fishing takes place in the form of bottom trawling, in which the fishing gear scrapes along the seafloor, destroying the life forms in its path.

Meanwhile in the Arctic region of Canada, a small Inuit community in Clyde River is fighting for the preservation of its native environment and its ancient relationship with nature. The vulnerable marine environment is threatened by seismic blasting commissioned by international oil companies. Seismic blasting refers to the practice of blasting the seafloor with airguns in order to find oil. The blasting repels animals and is a danger to the community as it disrupts hunting fishing, the most important sources of food for the Inuits.

Greenpeace’s works are exhibited at the Finnish Museum of Photography as part of the Post-Food exhibition. The exhibition is open 3.2.-29.4.2017
Exhibition opening on Thursday 2nd February 2017, 6-8 pm

  • Photo: Greenpeace / The M/V Akademik Shatskiy operated by Norwegian company TGS Nopec conducts seismic blasting off North-East Greenland. The air guns emit 259 decibel blasts towards the seabed in order to find possible oil reservoirs. Above water, this sound intensity would be perceived by humans as approximately eight times louder than a jet engine taking off. Global oil companies including BP, Chevron and Royal Dutch Shell all own drilling rights in the Greenland Sea and are the likely customers for the data uncovered by the seismic testing company. A Greenpeace expedition onboard the icebreaker Arctic Sunrise is currently documenting the seismic testing fleet, which plans to complete 7,000km of ‘survey lines’ of the seabed in the high Arctic, between 75 and 80 degrees north. According to a new scientific review, seismic blasting is ‘alarming’ and could seriously injure whales and other marine life in the Arctic.