As of 2018, Norwegian authorities had decided to demand a specific escape vent in the pot fisheries towards lobster. The solution will ensure that lost pots on the seabed do not become eternal traps for shellfish and fish. Requirements on the new solution is the use of cotton wire with short breakdown time in parts of the pot. This will ensure an escape possibility for the caught fish and shellfish.
Marine plastic pollution is an increasing global issue that affects coastal and marine ecosystems, which again have implications for our society and well-being. The Arctic is considered as a relatively pristine area, but today's level of plastic pollution in the region is higher than the environmental management targets. At the same time, we expect increased commercial activity in the area due to global warming and ice melting which will make parts of the Arctic more accessible. Svalbard- and the Barents Sea contribute to our welfare in many ways: among other things, it is an important area for fishing, research, tourism and nature experiences. To ensure sustainable development of the region, we need effective management tools to reduce the amount of plastic in the environment.