As northern Norwegian regions have expanded fish farming for decades, Russia has become the biggest market for Norwegian marine products. In 2013, Norway exported seafood worth as much as 6.6 billion NOK (€789.6 million) to Russia.
Meanwhile, northern Russian regions have been trying to develop their own aquaculture industries. Now, results are coming. According to figures assembled by BarentsObserver, Murmansk Oblast in 2012 produced a total of 16,900 tons of salmon, a 320 percent increase from year 2009. Also in the neighboring region of Karelia fish farming is picking pace. There, a total of 17,600 tons of trout were produced in 2012, up from 11,700 tons in 2009.
A further rapid increase in output is in the process. Authorities in Murmansk expect to have a total regional production of 25,000 tons in 2015. There are two companies engaged in fish farming in the region, the Russky Losos and Russkoye More – Akvakultura.
According to Dmitry Dangauzer, General Director of Russkoye More, the company plans to boost its production in Murmansk and Karelia to a total of 70,000 tons by year 2020. “This will be our maximum capacity in the two regions”, he says in an interview with Prime.ru.
Despite the major production increase in Russia, the neighboring Norwegian regions will remain a far leg ahead. Figures from the northern Norwegian aquaculture industries show that the three northernmost Norwegian counties of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark together produced a total of 276,000 tons in 2012. Also there, the production increase is significant. In both Troms and Finnmark, the output growth has over the last ten years been close to 50 percent, while the biggest aquaculture region – Nordland – in the same period had a growth of 36 percent.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.