The sea is a vital provider of both living and the non-living resources. This website primarily focuses on the living resources. Importantly, the living resources are renewable, but not limitless and thus it is necessary to manage them in a responsible manner. The concept of sustainable development, as coined by the Brundtland Commission in the mid 1980s, argues that we must manage our resources so that future generations can also enjoy them. The concept is at the centre of Norwegian policy making – also in relations to the living resources of the sea.
In this section of the website, we would like to introduce some of the elements that are important in Norwegian resource management. Under the following tabs you can read more about the following topics: regulatory measures, area management, international cooperation, resource control, monitoring and surveillance, and laws and regulations.