International cooperation

The Climate and Pollution Agency has organised surveys of polluted locations along the Norwegian coast. The Environmental Departments at the County Governor's offices are responsible for working out county action plans for contaminated sediments. 

Last changed: 02. April 2013

Earlier pollution is still creating problems

Pollutants are transported to marine areas from a number of different sources. High levels of hazardous substances in some fjords and harbours are mainly the result of earlier industrial discharges. The use of chemical pesticides in the agricultural sector can also play a part.

Last changed: 02. April 2013

Chemicals accumulate in the food chain

A number of the hazardous substances found in coastal areas are very persistent, which means that they break down very slowly in the environment. Some, such as PCBs and dioxins, can cause damage even in small concentrations.

Last changed: 02. April 2013

Situation improved in polluted fjords

More than 20 years of monitoring hazardous substances along the Norwegian coast has provided a good overview of the content of contaminants in fish, shellfish and seabed sediments.

Last changed: 02. April 2013

The Barents Sea

The Barents Sea is one of the world’s most productive sea areas, supporting varied benthic communities and large populations of fish, seabirds and marine mammals. It is still clean and rich in resources, but is under pressure from human activity, climate change and acidification.

Last changed: 22. March 2013

The Norwegian Sea

The Norwegian Sea is the part of the North Atlantic between Norway, Svalbard and Iceland. In general, the state of the environment is considered to be good, and much of the water column and deep seabed is relatively undisturbed. However, certain species and areas are clearly affected by human activity.

Last changed: 22. March 2013

The North Sea and Skagerrak

The North Sea and Skagerrak are more strongly influenced by human activity than the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea: they contain some of the busiest shipping routes in the world and support intensive fisheries and a large-scale oil and gas industry. Climate change and ocean acidification are expected to have increasing impacts in the future.

Last changed: 22. March 2013

Transport routes on the seabed

Norwegian oil and gas pipelines crisscross the bottom of the North Sea like so many underwater motorways. The question now is how this system can keep abreast of new discoveries off Norway.

Last changed: 20. March 2013

Oil industry emissions and discharges

The petroleum industry in Norway is required to take account of the environment. A number of laws specify how operations should be conducted in every phase from planning to cessation of a field.

Last changed: 20. March 2013

Much left to find

The Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) can still surprise. And 20 per cent of its oil and gas resources remain to be discovered, according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).

Last changed: 19. March 2013