A fishing war has erupted between the Dutch and Norwegians following the Norwegian authorities’ newly adopted attitude regarding Herring fishing around the Spitsbergen fishing territory. Two Dutch ships have been turned around due to fear of detention by authorities in the countries capital. Dutch fishermen have been catching Herring there for over twenty years
In late August, a Dutch expedition will travel by boat to the island of Edgeøya on the east side of Spitsbergen, Norway. From 1968 to 1988, a Dutch station there in the arctic gathered large amounts of ecological data. The expedition will gather and compare new data to account for the impact of global warming on the polar ecosystem.