The MIKON flagship program in the Fram Centre is using both social and environmental sciences to examine how High North industrial development will affect the natural world, regional societies like the Sami and economic activity.

On the backdrop of political chill, trade between Finland and Russia is falling sharply. Also tourism between the countries is in a downswing.

”We are building not only a railway line, we are building our road to the future, our Arctic pathway”, regional Governor Marina Kovtun said at a launch ceremony of the long-awaited and much-disputed Murmansk Transport Hub.

Tourists-visas issued by Russia’s Consulate General in Kirkenes are down a quarter. Tour operators blame the Ukrainian crisis.

Murmansk Fish Combinat has filed a claim with Russia’s Supreme Court against the country’s government over the ban on fish imports – a step the Federation Council calls ‘unprecedented’ and ‘welcome’.

The value of exports of Norwegian seafood to Russia in August fell NOK 444 million (€54,7 million), or 82 percent, compared to last August.

One of Russia’s largest fish processing companies, Murmansk Fish Combinat has had to shut down because of lack of raw materials due to the ban on import of fish from Norway. The company threatens to sue the Government if problems aren’t solved.

2014 will be a record year for king crab from Norway, especially when it comes to export of live crab, says Svein Ruud in Norway King Crab.

EU is taking over the market for Norwegian salmon after the Russian import ban. Last week the export went up 15 percent.

Russia’s Government on Wednesday published corrections to the list over foodstuffs that are illegal to import to Russia.

Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development proposes to close the special economic zone in Port of Murmansk because of lack of demand. Since the zone was opened in 2010, not one single company has been registered as resident.

An import ban on cars, medical equipment and technology for the aviation and shipbuilding industry will be Russian response to additional sanctions from western countries.

Russia might soon soften the embargo on foodstuffs from Europe. The list will not be long, but crucial for Russian domestic production of salmon and potatoes.

The price of salmon in shops in Murmansk has gone up several times since the Russian embargo on fish from Norway came into effect one week ago.

The fish industry in Murmansk in 2013 boosted catch to a post-Soviet high. But the lion’s share of it was sent abroad.