Prime Minister Solberg spoke to the marine experts

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Prime minister Erna Solberg called for action for the oceans.

Photo: Anders Jakobsen / Institute of Marine Research

Prime Minister Erna Solberg addressed 160 of the world’s leading ocean experts.

“It is essential to tap into the knowledge of leading ocean experts like you are. I therefore urge you to contribute your knowledge and ideas and provide action oriented advice”, said Prime Minister Erna Solberg when she addressed the Norwegian government’s high level conference on the oceans today.

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is hosting the conference “Science for Ocean Actions”, which was launched by the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the G7 summit in the summer. The conference brings together 160 ocean experts from 49 different countries. For two days, they will discuss the most urgent priorities in order to keep our oceans pure and productive for the future. At the end of the conference they will make specific recommendations to Prime Minister Solberg’s High-level Panel on Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy, which is made up of twelve heads of government and the UN’s Special Envoy for the Ocean.

“I cannot think of a better way to use science than to make the oceans sustainable”, said Sissel Rogne, Managing Director of the IMR when she opened the conference earlier today..

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Postdocs are taking notes

During the conference, the IMR’s postdocs will write brief summaries of the talks taking place around the various tables where the marine scientists are holding discussions and making recommendations to the panel. The young scientists’ work at the conference will provide the basis for a report to Erna Solberg’s panel.

Katherine Richardson from the University of Copenhagen is one of 160 ocean experts gathered in Bergen this week. Here she is discussing climate changes in the ocean. (Photo: Anders Jakobsen / Institute of Marine Research)