Located in what is known as the Aleutian Basin, the Bering Sea is located in the Pacific Ocean. The sea covers 775,000 square miles and has Alaska to the east and northeast, Siberia to the west, the Alaska Peninsula to the south. The Bering is bordered by the Bering Straight to the north, which is what separates the sea from the Arctic Ocean. In addition, the sea is kept separate from the Gulf of Alaska due to the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands.
Many Islands Around The Bering Sea
The Bering Sea is home to many islands, including Pribilof Islands, Bering Island, St. Lawrence Island, Diomede Islands, King Island, St. Matthew Island, and Karaginsky Island. In addition, there are many different submarine canyons, 16 of them in fact the largest of them Zhemchug canyon.
Wildlife Around Bering
The Bering Sea is home to many different types of wildlife. In fact, many state that it has some of the most diverse and interesting wildlife of any body of water. Some of the species that found here are: the bowhead whale, the blue hale, fin whale, sie whale, humpback whale, the sperm whale, and a very rare species, the Northern right whale. Of course, the Bering Sea is also known to provide a home to walrus, sea lions, fur seals, beluga whales, orcas, and polar bears.
In addition, there are more than 30 different species of sea birds that live in and around the Bering Sea, with 20 million birds breeding near each year. There are many different types of fish that are native to the Bering Sea as well, including salmon, walleye Pollock, red king crab, pacific cod, yellowfin sole, and sablefish. The sea reportedly has 419 known species of fish in the waters.
Industry of The Bering Sea
The Bering Sea is known for its fisheries. Many fisheries, such as King Crab, find that it’s a profitable place to do business. There are many fisheries that work here exclusively, and many have begun to worry about the eco system. The affects of over fishing and global warming are something that many people are watching very closely. With rising water temperatures and continued fishing in the ecosystem is definitely being threatened.
A lot of the problem is that the ecological system, or food web, of the Bering Sea is not very well understood. Fisheries need to be certain that they are not over fishing so that they can keep providing consumers with the variety as well as ensure their longevity in the fishery business.
The Bering Sea is a great place to travel as tourists can see many different types of wildlife, some that are unique to the area. For fisheries, it is a dream come true because of the wide variety of fish that can be caught, and for endangered species the sea has been a haven. All 775,000 square miles of deep water basin in the Pacific Ocean is unique in many different ways.