Starting with a three-year archive of satellite-based Automatic Identification System (AIS) locations, this project has begun to identify major vessel routes that transit through the Aleutian islands. The data set also includes the increasingly-used shipping routes through the Bering Strait. The animation shown above is one of several depicting seasonal vessel traffic in the ABSI region.
Results presented at a meeting of the Aleutian Islands Risk Assessment advisory panel in April 2014 helped inform an application from the U.S. Coast Guard to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the establishment of five Areas to be Avoided (ATBAs). The proposal was approved by the Maritime Safety Committee of the IMO on June 12, 2015. The recommendatory ATBAs will go into effect on January 1, 2016, and will be included on all new nautical charts produced after that date.
ABSI directly supported several applied science projects in 2014. We successfully leveraged additional funds toward our other priorities, including the development of a Landscape Conservation Design for the ABSI region. We also completed a Science and Operations Plan for FY2015-2016 that outlines our activities for the near-term future.
Download our 2014 Annual Report HERE.