Barents Sea was the first expedition that Ocean Census participated in, led by the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway, in collaboration with REV Ocean.
The expedition was part of the AKMA project, hosting researchers from different institutions. Ocean Census taxonomists participated to discover the life living on the seafloor including around methane-rich, cold seeps, at depths of 100 to 500 metre depths.
The Barents Sea was selected as expedition location for its abundance of cold seeps, which form unique habitats supporting biodiverse chemosynthetic ecosystems adapted to these environments. The Expedition’s mothership was the Norwegian icebreaker RV Kronprins Haakon.