Personal tools

Subscriptions
Sign up to receive our reports (print and/or electronic) and quarterly e-newsletter.
Follow us
Twitter icon Twitter
Facebook icon Facebook
YouTube icon YouTube channel
RSS logo RSS Feeds
More

Write to us Write to us

For the public:


For media and journalists:

Contact EEA staff
Contact the web team
FAQ

Call us Call us

Reception:

Phone: (+45) 33 36 71 00
Fax: (+45) 33 36 71 99


next
previous
items

Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Sound and independent information
on the environment

You are here: Home / The European environment – state and outlook 2010 / Country assessments / Norway / National and regional story (Norway) - What are the state and impacts?

National and regional story (Norway) - What are the state and impacts?

Human pressures threatening Norway's marine areas
more info
Climate and Pollution Agency
Organisation name
Climate and Pollution Agency
Reporting country
Norway
Organisation website
Organisation website
Contact link
Contact link
Last updated
03 Jan 2011
Content license
CC By 2.5
Content provider
Climate and Pollution Agency
Published: 26 Nov 2010 Modified: 13 Apr 2011 Feed synced: 03 Jan 2011 original

Figures

Status in nine Norwegian fjords based on surveys of mussels

None

Data source
This figure has no data source. For further information contact  EEA enquiry service.

Status in nine Norwegian fjords based on surveys of mussels
Fullscreen image Original link

Transboundary pollution by hazardous substances affects all of Norway, and is seen even in such remote areas as the Arctic. 80 per cent of the nitrate that is released to the Skagerrak coast comes with ocean currents from the continent. National inputs of nutrients to the Skagerrak coast have been substantially reduced the last 20 - 30 years. The government has also put heavy restrictions on establishing fish farms in this region, but the total discharges from aquaculture in Norway are increasing.

Norwegian fjords are often narrow with several sills along the ocean floor. This leads to reduced recipient capacity. Some places this is also the situation in the archipelagos. Therefore pollution is a challenge many places along the densely populated regions along the coast. Many coastal areas and fjords are contaminated by hazardous substances from previous industry and dumping.

Overfishing is becoming a problem, and biological pressures such as the introduction of new species may alter both species composition and the numbers of different species in coastal waters. Escaped farmed salmon for instance, represents a serious risk to wild salmon stocks.

The emissions of oil and hazardous substances from the oil and gas industry have been considerably reduced. However, the expansion of oil and gas extraction in the northern areas, and more extraction closer to the coast, increases the chance of acute pollution. Increased extreme weather due to climate change also increases the odds of accidents happening.

The Norwegian Water Management Regulations incorporate the EU Water Framework Directive into Norwegian law. The objective is to achieve good ecological and chemical status for all water bodies by 2021. The regulations apply to inland and coastal waters out to the baseline. Norway is also making managements plans for the Norwegian jurisdictional areas of the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea.

Geographical coverage

[+] Show Map

Document Actions
Disclaimer

The country assessments are the sole responsibility of the EEA member and cooperating countries supported by the EEA through guidance, translation and editing.

Filed under:

Comments

European Environment Agency (EEA)
Kongens Nytorv 6
1050 Copenhagen K
Denmark
Phone: +45 3336 7100