Ecosystems and stocks
The marine species interact in complex ecosystems..The ecosystems described here provide invaluable resources, and therefore it is significant that the biodiversity is maintained for the generations to come.
These ecosystems are regulated by the Marine Resource Act (2009). The Act introduces important principles that seek to balance between the need to protect both species and habitat. and the possibility to harvest living marine resources.
Research is imperative in order to understand and protect the ecosystems and stocks. This section focuses on the complexity of ecosystems, as well as the reasons why Norway applies an ecosystem-based approach in its fisheries resource management.