100,000 in fines for violating traffic ban in bird reserves
A Norwegian shipping company has been fined NOK 100,000 for violating the provision that all traffic in bird reserves is prohibited between 15 June and 15 August. The fine has been accepted.
Do not touch dead birds
The Governor has received many reports of dead birds and asks the public not to touch them.
Fined for violating the traffic ban in Bjørnøya nature reserve
A captain on a foreign cruise ship has been fined NOK 40,000 for sailing within the no-traffic zone in the Bjørnøya nature reserve. The fine has been accepted.
Fine for violation of the rules in the tourist regulations
A research institution has been fined NOK 40,000 for breaching the rules in regulations in tourism on Svalbard.
The polar bear is now in Hanaskogdalen
The polar bear is now on land on the other side of Adventfjorden, at the outlet of Hanaskogdalen. The Governor will try to drive it further northwest. The Governor asks people to be careful out in the field.
Boat traffic must stay south of the helicopter in Adventfjorden
The Governor asks that all boat traffic in Adventfjorden keep their distance and drive on the south side of the helicopter which is now following the polar bear that is swimming in the fjord.
Possible observation of polar bear
The Governor has received a report about a possible sighting of a polar bear in Bjørndalen this morning. The Governor is now trying to locate the bear and ask people not to visit the area and to be careful when traveling in the field.
Investigates violations of traffic bans in bird nature reserves
The Governor is investigating several violations of traffic bans in the nature reserves for birds on Svalbard. The cases concern vessels that have sailed within the no-traffic zones.
New procedures for alcohol cards
The Governor introduces new procedures for ordering alcohol purchase permits (so-called "alcohol cards") for new residents to Svalbard, with effect from 1 July 2023. The new procedures only apply to new residents, not to those who already have an alcohol card on 1 July 2023.
Public consultation: Land-use plan Ny-Ålesund 2023-2033
Kings Bay AS announces a public consultation of the proposed land-use plan for Ny-Ålesund 2023-2033. The hearing deadline is 25 August 2023.