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 Barents Region has some of the last largest areas of intact natural woodlands in Europe. Scientists, bureaucrats and environmentalists from all four Barents countries cooperate on preserving the forest, but an international initiative is needed.

Arctic communities are among the most vulnerable to climate change. Still, the need for climate change adaptation in the Arctic region is not reflected in the COP21 pledges.

There is a clear need for transboundary conservation in the Barents Region, a new report concludes.

Increase in methane emissions in the Arctic tundra is correlated to melting sea ice, a new study shows. 

The development of regional climate change strategies in the Russian member territories of the Barents Cooperation show little progress despite the centrality given to the issues during the Finnish chairmanship. 

The infection which is haunting the aquaculture industry in the Kola Peninsula probably has its origin in Norway, a representative of Russian veterinary authorities says.

Company Russian Sea Aquaculture might have dumped up to 2000 tons of dead salmon in landfills outside Murmansk, but still gets words of support from the regional government.

As temperatures warm in the Arctic, mosquitoes are able to emerge earlier, grow faster and survive longer – and in higher numbers, according to a new study. 

Cage nets dimensioned for 80 thousand fish are filled with 200 thousand, people close to the Murmansk aquaculture industry say.

Company Russian Aquaculture is suspected of having caused a major regional salmon infection and for massive dumping of distorted fish. 

The five nations with polar bear populations have committed to a 10-year plan that aims to protect and manage polar bears and their habitat.

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.