The Governor is imposing restrictions on motor traffic on sea ice in Billefjorden, Tempelfjorden and Rindersbukta.

- The total burden on the environment in these areas has increased as a result of the traffic. We regard this as a necessary measure to protect seals and polar bears in a particularly vulnerable phase, says Head of Environment Protection Morten Wedege. 

The restrictions are introduced with immediate effect. The Governor emphasises that anyone travelling on sea ice has an individual responsibility to ensure that the sea ice is safe and navigable.

The following rules apply:

 

Rindersbukta:

In Rindersbukta, motorised traffic in areas covered by sea ice is prohibited until June 1, 2018. The traffic ban applies to Rindersbukta within a straight line between Ottoneset and Fagerstaneset, as shown in Map C.

Tempelfjorden:

In Tempelfjorden, motorised traffic in areas covered by sea ice is prohibited until June 1, 2018. The traffic ban applies to Tempelfjorden within a straight line between the mouth of Murdochelva and Kapp Schoultz, as shown in Map D. It is allowed to cross the sea ice outside this area on tracked vehicles (snowmobile) using the shortest navigable route. When crossing areas covered by sea ice in accordance with this decision, it is prohibited to pause or to come to a complete stop.

Billefjorden:

In Billefjorden, including Mimerbukta, Petuniabukta and Adolfbukta, motorised traffic in areas covered by sea ice is prohibited until June 1, 2018. It is allowed to cross the sea ice in Billefjorden on tracked vehicles (snowmobile) using the shortest navigable route between Nordenskiöldbreen and Pyramiden, as shown on Map E. When crossing areas covered by sea ice in accordance with this decision, it is prohibited to pause or to come to a complete stop.

The decision on traffic restrictions has been made pursuant to Sections 7, 8 and 10 in the Regulations relating to motor traffic in Svalbard of 24 June 2002 No. 723.