Together with leading experts of the IOC of UNESCO, GEF and other international organizations, experts from MMBI develop the large marine ecosystems concept used as a tool for enabling biological resources management of world’s oceans. Research on the demarcation of the Arctic large marine ecosystems was conducted, and new estimates of natural and anthropogenic changes in ecosystems were received.
During last 25 years, MMBI has been keeping stable scientific cooperation with Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Germany) through study of paleoclimate and deglaciation of the Arctic, biodiversity of plankton and bottom organisms from the Barents Sea, the White Sea, the Kara Sea and the Laptev Sea. In 2013, a joint Russian-German expedition was undertaken on the R/V “Dalnie Zelentsy” to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the coastal ecosystems of the Laptev Sea and the Lena River estuary.
The Institute profitably cooperates with Norwegian colleagues from Tromsø, Oslo and Bergen. Subjects of scientific cooperation cover practically all the aspects of polar oceanology and ecology, including anthropogenic processes and phenomena. Such good neighborly exchange of knowledge, methods and traditions helps to form and develop common view on the problems of natural resources exploitation and biological diversity conservation in the Barents region. In recent years, the Institute together with the University of Bodø develops methods and technologies of cleaner-fish growing for its use in commercial breeding of cod and salmon.
In 2011 -2014, MMBI was involved in several international projects within the Kolarctic ENPI CBC Programme (the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument, a cross-border cooperation).