Centre for the Ocean and the Arctic was appointed by the Norwegian Government to compile, analyse, and disseminate knowledge about the Blue Economy in the High North. The Centre will focus especially on value creation and sustainable business development, and will foster close collaboration between teams of experts on the ocean and the Arctic. The Centre will also contribute in Norway’s efforts to place ocean-related issues on the international agenda and promote active efforts to realize the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14: to conserve the oceans and use them sustainably.
The Centre is governed by a steering committee chaired by Anne Husebekk from UiT The Arctic University of Norway. An advisory council has also been established, led by Jan-Frode Janson from Sparebank1 Nord-Norge, the Bank of Northern Norway.
Centre for the Oceans and the Arctic is organized under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, and is managed by Nofima. The Centre’s budget for 2017/2018 is 10 million Norwegian Kroner.