Dr. Bjarte Bogstad is currently a senior scientist at Institute of Marine Research (IMR), Bergen, Norway, where he has been employed since 1988. IMR is Norway's largest centre of marine science. Its main task is to provide advice to Norwegian authorities on aquaculture and the ecosystems of the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the North Sea and the Norwegian coastal zone. For this reason, about 50 percent of IMR’s activities are financed by the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs.

His main fields of work have been modelling and assessment of the main commercial fish species in the Barents Sea, in particular cod and capelin, and how they interact with each other and how they are affected by other parts of the ecosystem as well as by climate. He has 38 publications in international scientific journals. Since 2010 Dr. Bogstad have chaired the Arctic Fisheries Working Group in ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Seas). This group provides annual advice on harvesting of the cod, haddock, saithe, redfish, Greenland halibut and capelin in the Barents Sea and adjacent areas. The total catch of these species will in 2013 be about 1.6 million metric tonnes. He has for many years been strongly involved in the cooperation between IMR and the Russian marine research institute PINRO in Murmansk, and since 2010 he has participated in the Norwegian delegation to the Joint Norwegian-Russian Fisheries Commission. Dr. Bogstad’s education:

• M. Sc in applied mathematics (fluid dynamics), University of Bergen, 1986
• Ph. D in mathematics, University of Bergen, 1997. Thesis title: Multispecies models for the Barents Sea

The Barents Sea, an Arctic shelf area north of Norway and Russia, is among the world’s richest fishing grounds, and its fish population is changing as the waters warm. Interest from the oil industry is increasing as well, setting up potential conflicts between oil exploration and fisheries. (See related interactive map: The Changing Arctic. The…