Oil and gas

Photo: Bjørn Frantzen, NIBIO.

Fisheries and other harvesting 2019
Typography
  • Smaller Small Medium Big Bigger
  • Default Helvetica Segoe Georgia Times

It is increased activities for searching, test drilling and developing the oil- and gas production in the Barents Sea. In recent years the search for valuable locations has increased and moved further eastward (Figures 3.9.7.1-3.9.7.4).

Figure 3.9.7.1. Active fields for oil- and gas exploitation in the Norwegian EEZ, by December 2017. (source The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate) Figure 3.9.7.1. Active fields for oil- and gas exploitation in the Norwegian EEZ, by December 2017. (source The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate)

Figure 3.9.7.2. Licenses approved by year 2000 to 2017 for the Norwegian EEZ. (source The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate) Figure 3.9.7.2. Licenses approved by year 2000 to 2017 for the Norwegian EEZ. (source The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate)

Figure 3.9.7.3. Annual production from the Barents Sea petroleum fields, from 2007 to 2018. (source The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate) Figure 3.9.7.3. Annual production from the Barents Sea petroleum fields, from 2007 to 2018. (source The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate)

Figure 3.9.7.4. Seismic activities in the Norwegian EEZ from 2010 to 2017. Figure 3.9.7.4. Seismic activities in the Norwegian EEZ from 2010 to 2017.

Seismic activities are known to evoke fear reaction in fish and some marine mammals. Minke whales and harbour porpoises react on distances from 600 to 1000 m away. Some fish species flee the area while other turn passive and stop feeding. Any long-lasting effects are not known.

Logo ICES