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Published on : Friday, June 17, 2016
The organisations aim to provide information on visual flight rules (VFR) sectional charts in a bid to protect walruses in the region.
Posing a serious threat to the species, the aircraft can cause the animals to stampede, kill their young or even harm humans on the Alaska Peninsula.
“The aircraft can cause the animals to stampede, kill their young or even harm humans on the Alaska Peninsula.”
During the summer, mother walruses and their infants often travel over the shallow continental shelf of the Chukchi Sea, a marginal body of water in the Arctic Ocean.
The US Geological Survey said that global warming and environmental changes are resulting in a decline in Arctic sea ice, which the walruses use as a platform to rest after looking for food on the seafloor.
The reduced ice causes the animals to temporarily leave the water and haul-out on land, where they are affected by low-flying planes.
Pilots, native villagers and stakeholders in the region have expressed concerns regarding the safety of the mother walruses and their young.