Discover the achievements of the NPA projects

Seven years of cooperation between people, communities, and organisations across thousands of kilometres made a difference in the Northern Periphery and Arctic regions.

Browse the NPA map of results to discover our stories of cooperation. Pick a dot from the map and scroll down to read  about people who have met similar minded colleagues and together found solutions for their shared challenges.

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Innovating urchin fishery

Testing new methods for urchin fishery and transportation

Greenland has abundant sea urchins, but difficulties in finding the right fishing method. Inspired by their Icelandic colleagues, Royal Greenland A/S tested a bottom dredge, which appeared to be very efficient and simple. The Icelanders came to Maniitsoq to help Greenlandic fishermen adjusting the dredge system. Through the project, Royal Greenland tested several methods for transporting live and flash-frozen sea urchins to the global markets. Even though the researchers have found a way to keep sea urchins alive for 16 days, other logistical problems needed to be addressed for sea urchin fishery to become economically viable.


Nikoline Ziemer

Royal Greenland

The cooperation between Royal Greenland A/S and the NPA project group has been of great value, where the access to knowledge has been crucial for optimizing experiments and exchanging gained knowledge across the region through trials and scientific research. The workshops in Iceland, Norway and Ireland have been an inspiration to how to improve already gained results in Greenland, where there have been experiments on fishery, live stockholding and transport since 2014.