We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the seas
The future is navy blue – or sea green. Future Norwegian value creation will, to a large extent, be based on use of our seas. Researchers are expecting sea food industry sales to double six times over by 2050. The seafood industry has an eternal perspective and will be extremely important to Norway’s future prosperity.
The increased demand for food resources, the development of new industries based on algae and other marine resources, climate change and the increased purchasing power of growing economies places Norway in a unique position. If we are to feed an ever-growing global population, we need to increase food production. As a marine nation, Norway has the resources, the knowledge and the expertise required to take the lead in this field.
Slow TV footage of the secret life on the seabed supplies scientists at Marineholmen with valuable knowledge. Every time the Ægir 6000 subsea vehicle sets out to explore the ocean, it discovers new species. It represents the latest in remotely operated vehicle (ROV) technology and is owned by the Norwegian Sea Laboratory at Marineholmen. Ægir 6000 is capable of reaching 99 percent of the world’s deep-sea areas and will make it possible for scientists to find answers to a whole range of unsolved mysteries. Thanks to Ægir 6000, they can track climate change impact in the sea closely and monitor, among other things, how increased temperatures affect animal plankton, fish, and other marine species.
Our natural marine resources, a state-of-the-art research environment, and an innovative business community mean that we have everything we need to become the world’s most progressive and sustainable marine nation.