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Coral reef

The Sea in Maps and Pictures

MAREANO maps depth and topography, sediment composition, contaminants, biotopes and habitats in Norwegian waters.


Sponge that has ended up at the bottom of a trawl mark

High concentration of trawl marks north of Svalbard


Before surveying the area, scientists expected to find large areas of untouched seabed – and the odd trawl mark left by fishing boats. What they actually found was nothing like that.

Brasil Paneldebatt mareano

MAREANO presented in Brazil


The activities of the MAREANO mapping programme were recently presented at a conference in the Brazilian city of Salvador. As part of developing a new, modern programme for marine spatial management, experts in Brazil want to learn from international actors.

Photo of a Norway lobster on the sea floor.

Crawling with Norway lobsters


Expedition diary: After a few days of extensive exploration of the muddy, sandy plains at our sampling area outside of Utsira, we arrived at a station with exposed rock.