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Norway's maritime borders

Norway's maritime borders are calculated in accordance with UNCLOS, which is an international agreement that regulates all aspects of the use of the sea and marine resources.

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Svalbard – history and significance

The Svalbard archipelago is located in the High Arctic between 74° and 81° north and 10° and 35° east. Two thirds of the islands are covered with ice and snow all year round. 

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Maritime law provides predictability in the northern areas

A basic requirement for predictability and stability is that international law and the rules of international law are respected by all states. 

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Rights and responsibilities in the Arctic

While Antarctica is a land area and governed by a designated treaty, the Arctic Ocean is an ocean surrounded by national states. Although parts of the Arctic Ocean are covered by ice, the Law of the Sea applies in full in this area as in the other oceans of the earth. 

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The obligations of coastal states

Norway has an important tradition for scrupulous implementation and compliance with the obligations of coastal states on its continental shelf and own zones as well as flag state obligations for Norwegian vessels.

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New challenges in the Law of the Sea

An alliance between developing countries, the EU and environmental organizations wants a new international agreement for the conservation of biodiversity at sea in areas beyond national jurisdiction. This raises new and interesting issues in the law of the sea.

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Fisheries Biology

Fisheries biology is intended to provide knowledge to ensure that fish stocks are managed in a responsible manner.

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Marine biology

Marine biology is the study of sea life, the species found there, and how they have evolved.

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Oceanography

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute and the Institute of Marine Research monitors and researches water levels, currents, sea ice, ocean temperature and salinity in ocean areas important to Norway.

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Habitats

In broad terms, habitats in the ocean can be split in two, the seabed and the water column

Last changed: 20. May 2013