Norway has announced plans to deploy its sophisticated vessel ‘Dr. Fridtjof
Nansen’ in Sri Lankan waters next year to conduct a thorough research on marine
resources in Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal region. The planned stock
assessment of marine resources would be the first of its kind conducted in this
part of the world in recent years.
The deployment of the vessel is part of the technical and institutional
cooperation on Fisheries between Norway and Sri Lanka, which was endorsed by
the top level political leaders of the two countries according to the Norwegian
embassy in Colombo, reports in the Sri Lankan media said.
"The aim of the planned survey is to know the current status of marine
resources including fish stocks and to investigate stocks of unexploited/
underutilized fishery resources on the continental shelf and slope. The last
stock assessment for Sri Lanka has been carried out by the previous Dr.
Fridtjof Nansen between 1978 and 1980.
The new marine research vessel RV Dr Fridtjof Nansen is owned by the
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and is jointly operated by
the Institute of Marine Research of Norway, and Food and Agriculture
Organization to help developing countries improve their fisheries management.
The Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka , Thorbjorn Gaustad was addressing a
gathering at an event to recognize the finalization of the planning schedules
for the vessel’s arrival to the Bay of Bengal, stated that the new research
vessel will make it possible to significantly step up Norway’s assistance for
ecosystem-based marine management in developing countries. He stated that this
is part of the new Ocean strategy of Norway and Oslo considers this as
‘creating partnerships for the oceans’ as it enhances sharing knowledge both
across industries and across international borders."