ECONOMYNEXT – A Norwegian research vessel, Dr Fridtjof Nansen, is to sail in Sri Lankan waters to assist the island to conduct a stock assessment of marine resources, the Norwegian Embassy has announced.
“The aim of the planned survey is to know the current status of marine resources including fish stocks and to investigate stocks of unexploited/underutilised fishery resources on the continental shelf and slope,” a statement said.
The last stock assessment for Sri Lanka has been carried out by the previous Dr. Fridtjof Nansen in 1978-1980.
The survey is part of the technical and institutional cooperation on fisheries between Norway and Sri Lanka.
The new marine research vessel, RV Dr Fridtjof Nansen, is owned by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).
It is jointly operated by the Institute of Marine Research of Norway, and Food and Agriculture Organization to help developing countries improve their fisheries management.
Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther, said the new research vessel will make it possible to significantly step up Norway’s assistance for ecosystem-based marine management in developing countries.
This is part of the new ocean strategy of Norway and Norway considers this as ‘creating partnerships for the oceans’ as it enhances sharing knowledge both across industries and across international borders, he said.
(COLOMBO, August 18, 2017)