Living on the edge project

Living on the Edge project looks at the ecological shifts in the North Atlantic over time. To find out more about what species were living in the sea, we look on land, in our archives and museums to find fishing records, objects and references in the landscape.

Living on the Edge is a pre-project funded by the Northern Periphery and Arctic programme.

If you are a cultural institution or institute of marine research and are interested in a full project, feel free to contact us! We will also contact local “living on the edge” if they can tell us more.

Project partners: Museum Nord, University of Tromsø, Trinity College Dublin, Stefansson Arctic Institute.

Partner meeting in Vesterålen and Lofoten

In March 2022 we visited Vesterålen and Lofoten. We travelled with our guests – marine ecologists from Iceland, Ireland and Norway – from Melbu to Storvågan and Borg to gather input and analyses that can be further developed in an international project, where ecological changes will be documented in the North Atlantic over time. 

First stop on our partner meeting was Neptun Sildoljefabrikk.
At Melbo Manor House we looked at old museum objects.
Arthur Johansen facinated us with rich stories from life along the coast.
At Lofoten Museum we looked closer at fishing records.
At the Lofoten Aquarium we studied fish and other species.
Marion Fjelde Larsen and Geir Are Johansen talked about life and traditions at Lofotr Viking Museum.

It was exciting to analyse whether Museum Nord’s collections – including buildings, art, archives, artifacts, oral histories – and our professional expertise can give us new knowledge about changes in the ocean that marine ecologists call regime change (‘regime shifts’).