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Norway lauded for protecting cold water coral reefs

June 2003

Join us on a virtual tour to visit flagship species and habitats of the North-East Atlantic and Baltic...


... and have a look at WWF's Gift to the Earth ceremony held in Oslo, Norway!

Yellow variation of cold water coral Lophelia pertusa at Tisler Reef.
Credit: © Thomas Lundälv

It is worth staying over to view the beauty and wealth of sea life in the Kattegat - Skagerrak area connecting the Atlantic and Baltic Seas. Want to go for a "dive"? The Remotely Operating Vehicle of Tjärno Marine Biological Laboratory, Sweden makes it possible!

WWF has proposed the Koster/Hvaler area including Tisler Reef at the Swedish-Norwegian border to be established as an offshore marine protected area. Kosterfjorden is designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) by the Swedish authorities. WWF today welcomed the Norwegian government's announcement to protect the Tisler Reef, thought to be more than 1000 years old and the only known site with yellow Lophelia corals. Read WWF Press Release. Norway has taken specific action to protect cold water coral reefs and demonstrate leadership in promoting improved coral protection beyond the Norwegian waters in relevant international fora, like the OSPAR Convention. WWF recognizes these actions as a Gift to the Earth.