Norwegian strategy seeks sustainable seas

Government issues "pioneering" policy paper on management, protection, of marine environment

Norway today proposed extending its territorial sea from four to 12 nautical miles as part of what it claimed was "a pioneering effort" which would make it "one of the first countries to have drawn up a coherent policy for all its marine and coastal areas".

Launching a white paper on the marine environment, prime minister Kjell Magne Bondevik said: "A central goal... is to establish a framework that makes it possible to strike a balance between commercial interests - the fisheries, aquaculture and petroleum industries, for example - while adhering to the principles of sustainable development."

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