Fishermen oppose the plan to extract oil near the Norwegian Lofoten

Fishermen and the Murmansk region after environmentalists concerned plans Norway, discover oil Lofoten Islands in the Barents Sea, according to the Barents Sea branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia.

"Norway has committed itself to the production of hydrocarbons, including the Barents Sea — on the former site of the" gray zone. "But our common sea has unique stocks of cod, which simply must be preserved. Lofoten in the Norwegian Sea — is generally a hospital for the fish, which then swims in our waters, "- said the head of the Committee for Natural Resources and Fisheries Murmansk Duma Gennady Stepahno.

Currently, WWF together with the Union of Fishermen of the North actively promotes environmental certification standards for fisheries Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Company, received a certificate and become more competitive in the market and, therefore, are more likely to resist the expansion of oil and gas, according to the fund.

However, in mid-January, WWF Russia has sent a letter to the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed concern stated by Norway at the end of 2012 for oil extraction project in the south-eastern part of the Norwegian sector of the Barents Sea.

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is currently conducting hearings on drilling in waters that until summer 2011, was part of the Norwegian-Russian disputed zone. This area in the Barents Sea is of great significance for regional fish populations. Also periodically's where the polar ice caps, which opens the way to the area for polar bears, seals and walruses.

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