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Some of the objectives to be achieved include:

  1. Empirical and model based analyses of historical variation in the geographical distribution and abundance of commercially important fish stocks in the Norwegian Sea.
  2. Develop scenarios on the effect of climate change on fish stocks and fisheries in the Norwegian Sea building on mechanisms driving the distribution found under objective 1, model scenarios for climate change and evaluation of effects on the fisheries.
  3. Assess the potential effects of new intruding or invasive species along the southern border of the distribution area of the native fish species.
  4. Evaluate how future changes in distribution and abundance of important fish stocks influence current exploitation or quota shares. Assess the spatial and substantive coverage of existing international arrangements and institutions, and the robustness of decision-making systems for regulating access and benefit sharing.
  5. Assess a basis for evaluation of the zone attachment of fish resources within and between countries through analyses of surveillance procedures and how they feed into evaluations of geographical distribution of fish and decision-making systems.
  6. Address the need for and effects of revised and more robust and flexible harvesting strategies, based on the safeguarding of necessary stocks resilience to cope with the risk and uncertainty from expected climate changes.
  7. Generate scenarios on the potential effects of climate changes on industries and local communities. Evaluate economical and other societal consequences of changes in geographical distribution of the fish stocks and how the management and policy systems are able to adapt to this.
  8. Assess the energy consumption in the fish sector related to spatial distribution of the resources. Evaluating links between geographic distribution of fish and catches and how this influences energy consumption. Discuss the effectiveness and potential of different mitigation measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  9. Assess methods and standards on how to digitize old and historical data related to fish stocks, fisheries and climate so that this may become of outmost use for studies related to aims of the Nordic climate program.
  10. Discuss systems for monitoring, collecting, storage, exchange, and reprocessing and accessibility of Nordic data and how they can be shaped to suit the needs of economical and other societal impact analyses.