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Biomiiljø is leading the Water Column Monitoring 2017


This year's Water Column Monitoring is the most extensive ever performed

Fieldwork for the official offshore Water Column Monitoring program for 2017 has now been completed. IRIS has been involved in this program for more than 15 years and this year’s Water column monitoring is the most extensive ever performed. IRIS is leading the project in cooperation with some of the largest Research Institutes in Norway: the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and the Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (SINTEF). 
The preliminary results from 2017 will be presented at the Offshore Forum in Oslo in October, organised jointly by the Norwegian Environment Agency and the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association.

Oil companies operating on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) are required by the authorities to monitor the environment in the proximity of their installations and to obtain information on actual and potential impacts of their activities, and thus provide the authorities with a better basis for regulation.
The monitoring activities involved :
  • The Near field approach, investigating the health status and potential negative impact of Statfjord A discharges in caged mussels and wild fish populations living in areas close to a produced water discharge and in contaminated sediments adjacent to an offshore installation. Reference fish for this study were collected as part of the regional survey. 
  • The Regional approach, evaluating the health status of fish species caught over a wider geographical area.

Photo presentation of first, second and third offshore cruise

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