——Integrated Management of the Marine Environment of the Barents Sea and the Sea Areas off the Lofoten Islands
The ecosystems of the Barents Sea and the sea areas off the Lofoten Islands are of very high environmental value and are rich in living natural resources that are the basis for a considerable level of economic activity. There are major stocks of cod, herring and capelin in the area, and large cold-water coral reefs and seabird colonies of international importance. By international standards, the state of these ecosystems is generally good today, and the area covered by the management plan can be characterised as clean and rich in resources. The Government considers it very important to safeguard the basic structure and functioning of the ecosystems of this area in the long term, so that they continue to be clean, rich and productive.