Sea Ice: A Hunter’s Friend
To Arctic residents, decreased sea ice is not an abstract theory. It is an everyday reality.
Sea ice that is thinner, arrives later, and breaks up earlier means that Arctic hunters don’t have a safe platform from which to hunt. It also means that seals, walrus, and other marine mammals that depend on sea ice are moving farther north, out of reach of local hunters.
Arctic communities worry that the longtime staples of their diets may become inaccessible.