Archived news for 2009

Finally agreement on harvest between Canada and Greenland

Friday November 06 2009

Polar bear hidesAfter several years of harvesting unsustainable numbers of bears in subpopulations shared between the two countries, a Memorandum of Understanding has finally been agreed upon.

Russian literature database updated

Thursday November 05 2009

Polar bear tracks in Chukchi SeaThe PBSG web database on Russian literature on marine mammals have been updated with articles from the last decade.

Nunavut to start counting bears from the air?

Monday September 28 2009

aerial survey polar bearsLocal peoples' unease with procedures involving the handling of polar bears might end mark-recapture studies of Nunavut polar bears and start aerial surveys.

Final report from Tromso meeting

Friday September 04 2009

Polar bear meeting websiteThe final report from the March Meeting of the Parties to the 1973 Agreement has been finalised.

The 15th meeting of the PBSG is over

Friday July 03 2009

PBSG Copenhagen 2009Altogether 41 polar bear scientists and managers convened at the North Atlantic House in Copenhagen June 29 - July 3, hosted by the Greenlandic Representation.

Amstrup rebutts unscientific audit

Friday May 08 2009

Long-time PBSG member and USGS senior polar bear scientist Steven Amstrup rebutts a misleading and unscientific audit of two reports published as a part of the US polar bear listing process.

Final output from the Tromso Meeting of the Parties

Thursday March 19 2009

The Parties to the 1973 Agreement have met in Tromso March 17-19, and the meeting ended in a positive atmosphere that gives some hope for further process. Read the full news item and download the final output summary document.

PBSGs presentation at the Tromso Meeting of the Parties

Thursday March 19 2009

PBSG chairman Andrew Derocher presented circumpolar issues, and present and future challenges for polar bears at the Meeting of the Parties to the 1973 Agreement on the conservation of polar bears in Tromso. Read the full news item and download the pdf of the presentation.

New report on the history of the 1973 Agreement

Sunday March 15 2009

As an apetizer at the Meeting of the Parties in Tromso, the Norwegian Polar Institute has commissioned a report on the history of the 1973 Agreement on the conservation of polar bears. The report can be downloaded from the next level, if you read the whole news item.

New PBSG website is up and running

Wednesday March 11 2009

After seven years in the same html-suit, a new PBSG website is ready for the world.

Meeting of the parties in Tromso March 17-19 2009

Wednesday March 11 2009

Downtown Tromsø in winter with Tromsdalstinden in the backgroundFor the first time since 1981 the official parties to the Agreement on the conservation of polar bears will meet and discuss polar bear issues.

Canadian "roundtable" discussion on polar bears

Sunday March 08 2009

On January 16, 2009, a National Roundtable on Polar Bears was held in Canada to hear views of various stakeholders in polar bear management and conservation in Canada