We must further rely on renewable energy, including the energy we get from food by managing the system of marine resources. A joint effort is needed for that, and the Fishermen’s Associations have already done and keep doing a lot for this cause — Kjell Ingebrigtsen, Chairman of the Board, Norwegian Fishermen’s Association.
Fishing was historically the biggest industry in Arkhangelsk region, and today we have almost 180 enterprises that are engaged in fishing, about a dozen enterprises that are engaged in fish processing. The total annual production exceeds 140,000 tons. Therefore, we pay a lot of attention to what is going on in terms of fishing, and we are trying to develop, while adopting all the high standards that are in place today. This leads to certain economic and social comfort, as well as increasing tax revenues. All of our fishing enterprises are profitable — Igor Orlov, Governor of Arkhangelsk Region.
Joint scientific research is the basis for economic development and the opportunities that may arise in the Arctic region. The Arctic Agreement establishes international relations in fishing, but one of its most important parts is that it relates to such region as the Arctic, and that is where the role of the indigenous peoples is taken into account. People living in the Arctic have a special relationship with the outside world and with the environment where they live. The international community should think of ways to conduct research that would sustainably benefit the people that live there — David Benton, Commissioner, United States Arctic Research Commission.