Established in April 2011, the Marine Steering Group (MSG) of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) is responsible for the implementation of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Plan, the first of four pan-Arctic biodiversity monitoring plans developed by the CBMP to improve the detection and understanding of the causes of long-term change in the composition, structure and function of Arctic ecosystems.

The MSG is composed of one representative and an alternate from each Arctic marine nation as well as representatives from interested Permanent ParticipantsThe MSG can include other members (e.g., Arctic Council Working Group representatives) as appropriate.

Each representative on the MSG is responsible for ensuring that the monitoring program is implemented within their own nation, and therefore have close connections with the relevant agencies and experts within their countries. They will play a key role in providing direction to the evolving monitoring program as a whole. Together with the CBMP Office, the MSG will be responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of the monitoring program.

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Marine Steering Group members

*indicates current lead/co-lead








Eirik Pettersen
Norwegian Environment Agency
Dag Vongraven
Norwegian Polar Institute


Vadim Mokievsky
P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology Russian Academy of Sciences


Thomas Juul Pedersen
Greenland Institute of Natural Resources
Fernando Ugarte
Greenland Institute of Natural Resources

Rikke Guldborg Hansen

Greenland Institute of Natural Resources



Glenn Benoy
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Alain Dupuis
Fisheries and Oceans Canada


John Bengtson
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Catherine Coon
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

 Faroe Islands

Jan Sørensen
Kaldback Marine Bio Lab


 Steinunn Hilma Ólafsdóttir

Icelandic Institute of Natural History

Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) 


Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) 

Janet Pawlak

AMAP Secretariat

Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME)


Elizabeth McLanahan
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

CBMP Advisor



CBMP Co-Chair representatives

Tom Christensen
Aarhus University-Arctic Research Centre

Catherine Coon
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Kári Fannar Lárusson

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