The Norwegian government and Fiskebat – The Norwegian Fishing Vessel Owners Association – have acknowledged the concerns raised by Greenpeace regarding the expansion of fishing in the far north of the Barents Sea.
One of the most well-studied waters in the world
The Norwegian government places huge importance on rigorous science. It is seen as a key part of the protection of the marine environment. For decades, the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research and Russian colleagues at PINRO have cooperated in mapping bottom fauna through the annual Norway-Russian ecosystem surveys. Furthermore, Norway established the MAREANO project in 2006; a world-leading bottom habitat mapping project that gives unique knowledge of habitats in the covered areas at a granular level of detail. Many regulations, such as Norway’s coral reef protected areas are direct results of this mapping project. All this means The Barents Sea area is one of the most well-studied waters in the world.
Working with the Norwegian government, scientists and NGOs
The Norwegian seafood industry is pushing for scientific monitoring to be further strengthened and for appropriate measures to be implemented. It is working with the Norwegian government, scientists and NGOs to further strengthen the management and continue to meet MSC requirements beyond 2016.
Norwegians treat fishing incredibly seriously
After oil and gas, fishing is the next biggest part of Norway’s economy, so the Norwegians treat fishing incredibly seriously. But, it goes far deeper than money. Fishing is part of the Norwegian way of life, they are committed to looking after the oceans for generations to come as generations before them have done. Not just managing stocks but maintaining the unspoiled and pristine seas – which they value as a huge factor in the high quality and taste of their prized seafood. To do this the Norwegians have an innovative system of traceability, regulation, inspection and quotas which is regarded as the best in the world, endorsed by the Marine Stewardship Council and the United Nations.