GIRDWOOD, Alaska -

Girdwood is hosting dozens of international delegates working as part of the Arctic Council to protect the marine environment of the world’s northernmost waters.

The group, known as Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment, had its first meeting in Alaska Wednesday.

PAME representatives from the U.S., Canada, Russia, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden all weighed in on the three main topics on the docket: tourism, shipping, and oil and gas development.

On Wednesday the U.S. delegation presented its proposed arctic offshore oil and gas guidelines, created after findings were released from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The guidelines include safety precautions for potential oil spills in the arctic.

Elizabeth McLanahan, with NOAA’s international affairs, said “we make sure that supervisors continuously train their employees, looking at some of the potential hazards and et cetera, and ensuring that we have this in a cohesive guideline so that different countries and companies are able to use them.”

PAME wraps up on Thursday.