Knowledge-based management is a prerequisite for ensuring that the marine industries of the future can continue contributing to job and value creation — on a local, national and global level.
The complexity of the coastal zone, with its rich diversity of habitats, ecosystems and species, means that sustainable management requires commitment and knowledge to ensure future growth and development. Monitoring, dialogue and regulations are also imperative tools for ensuring a sustainable future, considering the multitude of interests, stakeholders and legislation that are found in these coastal regions.
Our projects range from mapping and analyses in coastal zone planning, to advice on the use and conservation of marine ecosystems. We also contribute to research on fisheries regulations and resource crime, as well as the development of local sustainability indicators and aquaculture management. Our interdisciplinary team can also manage consultations processes and facilitation of dialogue with the goal of creating increased knowledge and solutions.
The last five decades have shown how expanding fisheries technology, in combination with a growing global population, have, in some places, pushed marine life to and beyond breaking point. As a consequence, there is now a clear need to manage the situation smartly. Knowledge-based management is essential if we are to ensure that marine life and the ecosystem services provided by the sea, remain in existence for future generations. With new knowledge available of the ever-changing seas, there is a great need to bridge the gap between research and management. This to ensure that management is in line with up-to-date knowledge. Through our unique management expertise, SALT plays an important part in Norway’s development as a marine nation and also in exploring how our marine management expertise can be used around the world.
A large part of the management framework is laid down internationally through agreements, collaborations and negotiations between countries, while the practical regulations are largely determined at a national level or through local management processes. It is important to ensure that decisions are based on up-to-date knowledge and well-balanced consideration of the environment, food supply, jobs, coastal culture and value creation.
SALT possesses specialist expertise within fisheries and aquaculture legislation and contributes to increased knowledge of legislation as a tool in marine management. SALT brings an interdisciplinary approach to this exciting field through high levels of formal expertise and relevant experience of administrative bodies, research institutions, public office and special interest groups within fisheries and aquaculture.
Sustainable solutions for the future must be based on innovation and high levels of expertise, combined with knowledge-based management.
SALT contributes with our expertise in projects that aim to solve challenges in which the environment, industry, coastal communities, and management go hand in hand. This could include developing new, environmentally friendly materials for use in fishing and aquaculture equipment, solutions to manage fishing waste or measures to prevent marine pollution. SALT contributes by way of a holistic approach that includes knowledge development, communication and management.
SALT contributes to WP 4 that will 1) examine the uncertainties and knowledge gaps in relation to ocean acidificatio...