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Since the mid-1970s, Norway and Russia have managed the rich fish resources of the Barents Sea jointly, including the world’s largest cod stock. The achievements of the Joint Norwegian–Russian Fisheries Commission are widely regarded as a golden standard for international fisheries management. However, with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, an entirely new situation has arisen.
Russia is no longer part of the international marine scientific community or joint fisheries enforcement with other states to the extent that it was before. Indeed, it has threatened to suspend the quota sharing arrangements with Norway, which is the foundation of the fisheries cooperation between the two states. This has stirred up unprecedented legal and political uncertainties whose outcomes are far from certain. JOINTFISH BARENTS investigates the nature and implications of those uncertainties, legally and politically.
In the study of the law of the sea, the project contributes to the interpretation of the legal duty states have to cooperate in the management of shared fish stocks.
In the field of international relations, the project investigates how resilient the Barents Sea management cooperation is in the face of geopolitical change.
The project group also monitors developments in Russian fisheries politics, management and debate, drawing on Russian primary sources.
In terms of theory, the project aims to provide analytical advances within and between disciplines and sub-disciplines, primarily between legal and political science research but also between subdisciplines within political science.
The core project team receives inputs on the status of the Barents Sea fish stocks from a marine science expert group.
Project period: 2023-2026
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- Research Council of Norway
PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS
Politics and Governance, Vol 12, 2024, 17 p. DOI: 10.17645/pag.7369
Fisch zwischen den Fronten: Der Ukrainekrieg und der Kabeljau in der Barentsee (The Ukraine War and Cod in the Barents Sea)
Deutschlandfunk (radio/podcast), February 1, 2024. In German.