The Research Council of Norway recently hosted a large-scale Japanese-Norwegian seminar on marine research in Tokyo. The focus was on sustainability – in both aquaculture and the exploitation of marine resources.
Up to now, cooperation between Japan and Norway on marine research has primarily revolved around safe seafood. The seminar made it clear that researchers in the two countries share a broader range of scientific interests and are looking to expand cooperation significantly. Relevant areas of focus include marine resource management, aquaculture and renewable marine energy.
As the world seeks ways to satisfy its growing demand for food as well as energy, the sustainable use of marine resources grows increasingly important. The objective of the seminar was to address challenges related to the sustainable replenishment of fisheries and the rebuilding of coastal communities following the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011.