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Arctic Watch is an initiative that utilizes technology, communications, and local knowledge to influence safe and environmentally responsible maritime activity in Alaska's Arctic region. Through 24/7 monitoring and proactive sea traffic management, the Arctic Watch Operations Center, operated by the Marine Exchange of Alaska (MXAK) serves as an information hub to collect and broadcast critical data including real-time weather reports and vessel locations using MXAK’s strategically placed Marine Safety Sites. Marine Safety Sites consist of Automatic Identification System (AIS) receivers, AIS transceivers (ATONs), weather sensors, VHF-FM voice transceivers, Digital Selective Calling transceivers, and ocean and tidal current sensors.

Additionally, through partnerships and communications with Arctic communities, Alaska Native tribal governments, and state and federal agencies, MXAK receives and shares information on local maritime and cultural activities including areas that should be avoided due to the presence of marine mammals. This information is transmitted to vessel operators to minimize the potential for adverse environmental impacts and marine casualties.

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