Between N Norway, the Novaya Zemla and Svalbard. Named after the C16 Dutch explorer Willem Barents who sought the North East Passage. Due to the N Atlantic Drift the S half of the sea is ice-free throughout the year and has high biological productivity with the world’s largest deep water coral reef and a high density of seabirds. This was a whaling area from the early C17. Today it is considered vulnerable to overfishing and pollution from oil spillages. The Russian nuclear powered submarine Kursk accidentally sank off Norway in October 1989 and barges with nuclear waste have been deliberately sunk off the Novaya Zemla. The sea is shallow so that the impacts of large-scale fishing have been intense, as in the N Sea, and have led to a collapse of fish stocks. Both fishing and oil developments threaten biodiversity. This is one of the World Wildlife Fund’s priority areas.
Between N Norway, the Novaya Zemla and Svalbard. Named after the C16 Dutch explorer Willem Barents who sought the North East Passage. Due to the N At
The Barents Sea is a part of the Arctic Ocean located to the north of Norway and European Russia, and bounded in the north by Svalbard and...
pronunciation Willem Barents ca1550–1597 Du. navigator