The hunting quota announced by Swedish authorities before the hunting season was opened was at record high 312 brown bears, of a brown bear population which currently counts around 3000 animals. As hunting season has come to an end a record high number of 112 brown bears have been shot in Norrbotten County.
With the rising population of bears over the last years, the number of shot bears has risen proportionally. From 13 bears shot in 2001 to this year’s record number. It is especially the reindeer herders of Norrbotten who have had problems with the increasing amount of brown bears and losses in their herds due to killer bears has become a major problem.
“This year’s quota was very high and we will now evaluate which effect this has had for the brown bear population, says Ulf Bergelin who is head of the environment department in Norrbotten.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
The nuclear-powered icebreaker Yamal today leaves port of Murmansk for a two-month expedition to the Russian Arctic. The aim for the expedition is to study ice and weather conditions in the area to prepare for future oil and gas projects.
The National Archives Service of Finland and the Sámi Archives have proposed including the Skolt Sámi archives in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Only 301 items have been listed in the register so far.
The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.