This half-sunken floating dock in the southern part of Murmansk harbor area is just one of hundreds of similar objects that are leaking toxic substances to the marine environment. (Photo: Thomas Nilsen)
Leakages of heavy metals, oil and other toxics from abounded and sunken ships along the coastline outside Murmansk are seriously polluting the water.
“There are almost no undamaged ecosystems along the coast of the bay,” says Murmansk first deputy Governor Alexey Tyukavin quoted by PortNews. Tyukavin talked about the Kola bay pollution at the 5th International Ecological Forum this week.
The ecological crisis is due to unauthorized discharges, neglected military bases and sunken vessels.
Kola bay, often referred to as Murmansk fjord, is a 57 kilometer long fjord from Murmansk in the south to the Barents Sea in the north. Its depth is 200 to 300 meter and most of the population and industrial activities are found on the eastern shores with towns as Murmansk and Severomorsk. The northern part of the bay are heavily militarized with several naval yards and the Northern fleets bases.
According to Alexey Tyukavin, the biggest problem for regional authorities in the work to clean up is that the bay area is federally owned. Owners of abounded vessels and shore properties can’t with current legislation be forced to pay for cleanup.
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.