Environment

Monitoring and research initiated

It is only in very recent years that attention has been focused on the consequences of ocean acidification. Research in this field is therefore quite new.

Last changed: 20. May 2013

Environmental impact of maritime traffic

Vessel movements in the seas off Norway are on the increase. The environmental effect of this activity depends in part on developments in the petroleum sector, where great uncertainty prevails about future trends.

Last changed: 19. May 2013

Growth for fish farming – and its problems

Norway’s aquaculture industry is expanding fast. Its biggest environmental impacts take the form of escaped farmed salmon and salmon (sea) lice.

Last changed: 19. May 2013

Acute oil spills to sea and ocean

It is assumed that several million tons of oil is discharged into rivers and oceans worldwide every year. Some of this oil contamination consists of acute spills.

Last changed: 19. May 2013

Emergency preparedness against acute pollution

In Norway, the Norwegian Coastal Administration is responsible for official preparedness against acute pollution and has nationwide administrative authority for acute pollution. All organizations that have a potential for pollution must have contingency plans. Municipalities have responsibility for preparedness that is not covered by private companies.

Last changed: 19. May 2013

The coast is yours

Public rights is a well established principle of access to and use of nature in Norway. This also applies to the sea.

Last changed: 07. May 2013

Much has been done, new action being considered

Over the past 20–30 years, Norway has done a great deal to reduce discharges of nutrients from agriculture, municipal waste water treatment and industry. Similar steps have been taken in much of the rest of Europe, and these also benefit Norway.

Last changed: 02. April 2013

Important sources: fish farming, agriculture and waste water

Norwegian coastal waters can be divided into four main areas: the Skagerrak, the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea, with different levels of nutrient inputs.

Last changed: 02. April 2013

Eutrophication still a serious concern

Eutrophication in coastal waters and fjords in Norway is caused by discharges of nutrients from fish farming, runoff from agricultural areas, and inputs from industry and municipal waste water treatment. 

Last changed: 02. April 2013

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