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Parallel Norwegian-Russian Audit Regarding the Management of the Fish Resources of the Barents Sea

In January 2006 representatives of the Office of the Auditor General of Norway and the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation agreed on the prerequisites for a parallel performance audit of the fish resources in the Barents Sea. The aim of the parallel audit was to report on the efficiency and effectiveness of the national implementation of Norwegian-Russian bilateral agreements on the management of common fish resources.

Independent audits was performed in each country, with a set of common audit questions and common first-order audit criteria.

Themes for the audit have included:
   The extent of illegal fishing, including discrepancies between officially registered catches and actual catches.
   The effectiveness of monitoring and controlling fishing activities at sea and landings, including transhipment of fish at sea and landing of catches in 3rd party countries.
   Sanction possibilities, and the extent to which the sanctions are imposed.

FNI Research Fellow Anne-Kristin Jørgensen has taken part in the audit throughout the project period in a participant/consultant capacity.

The final audit - entitled 'Riksrevisjonens undersøkelse av forvaltningen og kontrollen av fiskeressursene i Barentshavet og Norskehavet – en parallell revisjon mellom norsk og russisk riksrevisjon' was released in November 2007, and can be accessed here (in Norwegian).

FNI project leader: Anne-Kristin Jørgensen

Project period: 2006-2007
 Related focal points of research:

   Arctic and Russian politics
   Law of the Sea and marine affairs

Project funding:

   Office of the Auditor General of Norway

 External cooperation partners:

   Office of the Auditor General of Norway
   Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation

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