Research vessels from Norway and Russia have completed their annual joint voyage in the Barents Sea.
The research collaboration plays a key role in relations between countries. The joint voyage started on August 19, when the research vessel of the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research G.O. Sars departed on a voyage with the Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO).
The scientists carried out comprehensive environmental research. They obtained data on the distribution, size and age composition of commercial fish species living in the Barents Sea, such as cod, haddock, capelin, American plaice, Greenland halibut and others.
Researchers also took water, soil and biota samples to assess contamination by harmful substances.
All the data collected during the research expedition then will be sent to the Joint Norwegian-Russian Commission on Environmental Protection and the Joint Norwegian-Russian Fisheries Commission. Several groups of the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas will also receive the information.