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Integrated Management Plan for the Norwegian Part of the Barents Sea and the Areas outside Lofoten

The knowledge basis for the update of the “Integrated Management Plan for the Norwegian Part of the Barents Sea and the Areas outside Lofoten” was presented 15th of April. The Management Forum (overarching body for the process) presented a report on the update of the integrated management plan for the Norwegian part of the Barents Sea – Lofoten. The report is made in cooperation with the Monitoring Group and the Risk Management Group.

The report shows that the most important fisheries resources are in good condition, while the status of most of the seabird populations have changed for the worse at a disturbing speed. The probability for incidents related to traffic at sea or petroleum activities is considered to be low, but the consequences on the environment and on society of such incidents may be substantial.

Map Barenthavet Lofoten
Barentshavet – Lofoten

Barents Sea Facts

Russian name: Barentsevo More
Size: 1.4 million km2 in surface area (approximately four times as large as Norway).
Depth: Average depth = 230 m, Maximum depth = 500 m
Fisheries: Bottom fish such as cod, haddock, Greenland halibut, long rough dab, and redfish. Other commercially important species include: capelin; northern shrimp; minke whales, and harp seals
Special features:

  • Large annual variations in temperature relative to ice coverage
  • A shallow sea which makes up a portion of the continental shelf around the Arctic Ocean
  • Has one of the largest concentrations of sea birds in the world: approximately 20 million individuals distributed across 40 different species
  • Management of living marine resources in the Barents Sea is carried out through collaboration between Norway and Russia.
The Barent Sea Ecosystem

Read the Report

Faglig forums rapport 2010 (PDF) (OBS: only in Norwegian)


  • Head of the Management Forum,  Bjørn Fossli Johansen,
    Norwegian Polar Institute: tel: +47 99 43 74 06
  • Head of Monitoring Group Knut Sunnanå,
    Institute of Marine Research, tel: + 47 90 08 46 99
  • Head of Risk Management Group, Arve Dimmen,
    The Norwegian Coastal Administration , tel: + 47 95 19 05 95