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Challenges for the Norwegian Coast Guard in the
This project is to take stock of
challenges facing the Norwegian Coast Guard in the North, in view of recent
developments in the Barents Sea.
First, the Coast Guard's past role
and future room for manoeuvre in the Fishery Protection Zone around Svalbard
are discussed. Gentle enforcement of fishery regulations has in recent years
been replaced by open confrontation, and the Coast Guard's need to balance
flexibility and communication with firm enforcement is at the heart of the
Second, transportation of oil from Timan-Pechora and Western
Siberia along the North Norwegian coast has increased markedly since the early
2000s. Drilling is about to start in the Barents Sea itself. The consequences
for the Coast Guard of new petroleum activities and regulation schemes are
discussed in this case study.
Finally, we investigate the possibilities
of extending coordination and collaboration between the Norwegian Coast Guard
and Russian enforcement agencies in the Barents Sea. Such a collaboration was
initiated in the early 1990s, but new challenges have arisen in the form of
massive Russian overfishing and Nowegian efforts to create a uniform management
plan for the Barents Sea.
Geir Hønneland (project leader)
Leif Christian Jensen
Svein Vigeland Rottem
Vigeland, 'Makt i nord'
('Force in the North'), Nordlys, 27 January 2009. In
Rottem, Svein Vigeland, Geir Hønneland and Leif
Christian Jensen, Småstat og
energistormakt: Norges sikkerhetspolitiske rolle i nord ('Small State and
Energy Great Power: Norway's Security-Policy Role in the High North').
Bergen, Fagbokforlaget, 2008, 136 p. In Norwegian.
avskrekking og beroligelse' ('Between Deterrence and Reassurance'),
Dagbladet, 21 May 2007. In Norwegian.
Norwegian Ministry of
Related FNI document:
FNI ('FNI's Research on the High North'). Presentation brochure in
Norwegian (PDF , 0.6 Mb)