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Published: 11.10.2012 - Updated: 02.11.2012
The Norwegian - Russian Fisheries Commission

Norway, Russia and the Barents Sea Fisheries

Chronicle  in Nordlys 11.10.12: International fisheries are often bad news. Unsustainable fishing practices are found in many areas, as for example the North Sea. In the Barents Sea, a 1,4 million km2 sea bordering the Arctic Ocean, things are different. Huge stocks of cod, haddock and capelin are in good shape. For cod a record high quota of one million tons has been set for 2013, which equals a landed value of almost three million USD. This happy state of affairs begs the question: what do Norway and Russia do to succeed like this, and can the success be replicated elsewhere?

Published: 03.10.2012 - Updated: 05.10.2012
Cold-water coral reefs

More coral reefs off the mid-Norwegian coast

Cruise report: During the 2012 MAREANO autumn cruise, scientists onboard RV ”G.O. Sars” discovered 15 new coral reefs off the coast of Trøndelag and Møre and Romsdal counties.

Published: 03.10.2012

Walkabout at the seafloor

Cruise report: While using a video-rig to map the biodiversity of the sea-bottom, we often observe animal tracks crossing the seafloor. Such tracks can be holes, mounds or traces that are a result of the animals’ movement. This last week we have seen many such very decorative tracks on the seafloor in the area of Sunnmørsbankene at around 200 m depth, and the amount and density of the tracks bear witness of quite heavy “traffic” in some areas.