Crown Prince Haakon marked World Environment Day, today, Friday with a visit to the Institute of Marine Research in Arendal. The Crown Prince will also visit Raet National Park.
The Crown Prince was received at the Flødevigen research station at Hisøy in Arendal by the Director of the Marine Research Institute, Sissel Rogne.
He then got an introduction to how the Institute of Marine Research conducts surveys and research from an environmental perspective. He got an introduction to the condition in the Oslofjord, where figures from the Institute show that it is almost empty of fish.
Over the past 100 years, all codfish have been reduced by as much as 86 percent in the Inner Skagerrak. Tare grew tas deep as 25 meters in 1950 – now it does not reach deeper than 14 meters. Already last year a ban was imposed on fishing cod in the Oslo Fjord.
The Crown Prince was also given practical training in drawing tines in the institute’s lobster reserve before heading on to Raet National Park.
There, the Crown Prince will see examples of how the Institute of Marine Research is working to achieve the zero vision of ghost fishing, as well as how over 100 years of data collections of Seine surveys are still an invaluable source of knowledge.
On this day, the UN Marine Conference in Lisbon, Portugal was to finish after a week, but due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the conference was canceled back in April.
It was the United Nations that established, World Environment Day in 1972. This year, World Environment Day also serves as a sort of a start for the sea decade – as the UN General Assembly has decided that the period 2021-2030 will be an international decade for marine research.
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