Norway and Russia launches a joint expedition to determine the condition of a sunken nuclear submarine and containers of radioactive waste dumped in the Barents Sea.

International attention towards the Arctic Ocean and Barents Sea is increasing because of climate change concerns, the region’s mineral resources and the prospect of increased shipping across the Northern Sea Route. The extent of how these industries influence ocean health is still not fully understood in the Arctic science community.

The detention of the “Arctic Sunrise” and the arrest of 30 eco-activists following the Greenpeace campaign in the Pechora Sea was illegal and must be compensated, a court in the Hague decides.

The two countries have together managed the rich fish stocks in the Barents Sea for almost half a century. Now, they again engage in their annual joint marine research expedition.

A temporary full stop in fishing is necessary for protection of the regional salmon stocks, Governor Marina Kovtun says.

Following a number of accidents, Nenets and Komi regional authorities take joint action in preventing harm to vulnerable Arctic environments.

But there is a clear need for better cooperation between the two countries’ aquaculture control authorities, they maintain.

Some 15 years ago, officials were alarmed by the rapid decline of wild salmon populations in Sweden’s Vindel River but now it seems restoration work as paid off for the fishes.

Extensive fish farming operated by company Russkoye More might have put the entire wild salmon stocks of the Kola Peninsula in jeopardy.

Researchers fear they might never see their samples taken near the sunken nuclear submarine “K-159”. 

Atomflot has completed emptying “Lotta” for nuclear waste. The last shipment of waste was sent to an onshore storage plant on Friday.

Dogs have been “man’s best friend” long before humans settled down through the advent of agriculture.


Fish communities in the Barents Sea are changing, and that change is happening much faster than predicted. 

Scientific explorers on board the “Lance” brave many dangers to collect data north of Svalbard: freezing northern temperatures, merciless winds, viscous currents and of course, polar bears. 

An Irish mining company’s bid to begin prospecting for diamonds in Utsjoki, northern Finland has fallen flat following opposition to the venture by locals.