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Students of Mesiatsev Murmansk Marine Fishery College and students of Vest-Lofoten College participated in an international online seminar within the joint Russian-Norwegian project «Clean Ocean/Blue Responsibility»

05.02.2021

Students of Mesiatsev Murmansk Marine Fishery College and students of Vest-Lofoten College participated in an international online seminar within the joint Russian-Norwegian project "Clean Ocean/Blue Responsibility". The seminar was held at the Murmansk State Technical University.

The first meeting of students of the Murmansk Marine Fishery College with Norwegian experts took place in the fall of 2019. During the meeting, the students learned about vocational education systems both in Russia and Norway. They also met representatives of the Fishing Industry Union of the North (Russia), the Norwegian Fishermen Association, and SALT, an independent consulting company with expertise in marine pollution.

Unfortunately, the group's planned trip to the Lofoten in 2021 was canceled given the epidemiological restrictions, so it was decided to hold the meeting as an online event.

The workshop took place via the digital platform Microsoft Teams on the 27th of January and 3rd of February 2021, with participants from Murmansk State Technical University and Vest-Lofoten College.

The main aim of the workshop was to introduce the students to marine littering, its causes, its effects, and how the fisheries industry could prevent further littering of the oceans. The students were given a theoretical and practical framework through presentations from SALT Lofoten, The Norwegian Fishermen’s Association, and The Fisheries Union of the North (Murmansk). Also, the students gave presentations to identify the main obstacles to waste management as well as they were invited to present solutions to better waste management from fisheries, both at sea and onshore. All of the solutions were interesting and original.

The discussion was productive and fun, and the students showed an excellent result of teamwork.
The teams created the simplest supports that could have been invented.

A pleasant surprise awaited our students: Norwegian artists performed the song "A Star Named the Sun."

Now both our and Norwegian students are looking forward to the next opportunity to work together, hoping for an offline meeting.