With outlook onto stockfish and salmon. With insight into coastal value creation.

SALT has carried out a wide variety of projects tied to the sea and coast. The size and format of end products vary by project, but all are knowledge based and visually appealing. SALT´s goal is to always deliver according to the motto «academically strong – vibrant delivery», regardless whether we are delivering within research, consultancy or outreach. Client feedback testifies that SALT delivers according to promise.

Reference projects
Marine Debris Action Planner (MAP)

Marine Debris Action Planner (MAP)

Effective site selection is a key component of maximizing litter removal during coastal clean-up actions, particularly along complex and remote coastlines, such as we have in the Arctic. SALT is therefore developing a GIS-based predictive model to identify marine litter hotspots in collaboration with GRID-Arendal; mostly in Lofoten, but we are also working to generalize the model nationally and internationally.

The model is based on identifying the characteristics of the coastline affecting the potential for litter accumulation. Work with beach gradient, for example, has revealed a clear threshold value where high densities of litter are extremely unlikely along shores steeper than approximately 20 degrees. Other factors being investigated include coastline shape, fetch and orientation of the coastline relative to prevailing winds, and substrate. In addition, we are also investigating correlations between litter densities and proximity to local sources of litter, such as population density in the surrounding area, distance to nearest road, river and port, and the amount of nearby fishing activity.

The model is quantitative in nature, and based on rigorous field work, followed by independent validation in the field. Consequently, the model stands apart from most other beach litter hotspots modeling efforts as being underpinned by actual registrations of beach litter.

A preliminary study was completed in Lofoten in 2017. Extensive field work has been carried out in 2018, and a completed model for Lofoten and Vesterålen will be ready in the first half of 2019. Field work and further model development nationally will also be carried out in Finnmark and an area in southern Norway in 2019. International model development and testing will take place in 2020.



Large quantities of microplastics are constantly entering the oceans from landbased sources. The project FanpLESStic-Sea aims to reduce this problem, particularly in the Baltic Sea region.

The project has three key targets:

  • increased knowledge of where microplastics come from and their transport pathways
  • evaluation of technology that can reduce microplastic or reduce microplastic leakage before reaching watercourses,
  • increased knowledge and commitment of decision makers through suggestions on how to implement cost-effective methods to reduce microplastics.

The project has partners in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. SALT is the only Norwegian partner in the project.

The project period is from January 1st 2019 to June 30th 2021, and the total budget of the project is 2 968 069 euro.

Ocean Plastic

Ocean Plastic

OCEAN PLASTIC Marine plastic pollution from the Norwegian seafood sector – mapping, quantification and mitigation:

The key objective of HAVPLAST is to reduce plastic pollution into the marine environment from the Norwegian fisheries and aquaculture sectors. Concrete mitigative measures will be suggested based on research on sources and quantities of plastic pollution from each sector. Relevant indicators will be suggested to measure the effects of mitigative measures suggested.



DEVOTES is a Collaborative EU-project funded for 4 years. The goal of DEVOTES is to better understand the relationship between pressures from human activities and climatic influences and their effects on marine ecosystems. SALT is one of 23 partners. SALT is responsible for research and the final conference in Brussels in October 2016.

Fishing For Litter

Fishing For Litter

Fishing for Litter is a 2 years test project (2016-2017) inviting fishing boats to take part in the clean up of marine litter. The boats collect marine litter that is trapped in their fishing gear. The fishing industry contributes to an enhanced environmental profit and better attitude regarding marine litter. Three big Norwegian fishing harbors have containers for this collected litter.

Current projects

Completed 2018

Completed 2017

Completed 2016

Completed 2015

Completed 2014

Completed 2013

Completed 2012