The mercury content of fish and shellfish found around the U-864 off western Norway is no higher than in marine life along the rest of the Norwegian coast.
This finding emerges from annual sampling and analysing of fish and crabs caught around the wrecked submarine by Norway’s National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (Nifes) since 2004.
In June 2015, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority therefore revoked its warning that small children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should not eat seafood from the wreck area.
Read the news story: U-864: seafood warning withdrawn
Little formation of methylmercury
Mercury must be absorbed into the food chain to become harmful. The submarine wreck lies in 160 metres of water in an area with strong currents, oxygen-rich seawater and few fine particles on the seabed.
These conditions are not very suitable for forming methylmercury, which is thought to be the reason why seafood in the area has not been more affected.
Read more about monitoring and fish and other seafood around U-864 at the Nifes website: https://www.nifes.no/en/
Historical response exercise in Skagerrak
An increase in incidents involving chemical spills spills, previous incidents and an increased maritime traffic forms the backdrop for the largest oil and chemical pollution exercise ever held in Norway.
The counter fill operation started with a press meeting
To present the operations starting now, the NCA and Van Oord welcomed the press on board the vessel MV "Siddis Mariner" Tuesday, 3 May.
Aiming to fight oil spills with water
Establishing whether water can replace chemicals in cleaning up oil slicks has moved a step closer after tests at the Norwegian centre for testing of oil spill response equipment in Horten south of Oslo.
Testing clean-up preparedness off Svalbard
A recent planning conference has set objectives for an oil spill response exercise planned by the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) in cooperation with the governor of Svalbard.
Preparing for increased shipping in the high North
The Norwegian Coastal Administration is already starting measures this year to increase the safety at sea around Svalbard. It is occurring as a result of an expected increase in traffic in the waters around the archipelago.
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