Jockeying for position in the Arctic

As the Arctic sea ice shrinks, countries are jockeying for position on who is entitled to what part of it.

Russia appears to be putting together a large fleet of ships to work in the territory, and Canada also claims rights there.

Alaska is pushing for more say in policies that will impact the state's future in the region.

The arctic policy commission met for two days this week in Anchorage, after the group spent more than a year travelling around the state getting input.

The commission argues that Arctic policy will be important for everyone in the state, with increased activity stemming from shipping and offshore development providing more opportunities for everyone.

But there is also a call for balance to preserve traditional ways of life and to safeguard the environment in the face of development.