The survey was a joint SI_ARCTIC and Barents Sea eco system survey (Arctic Ecosystem survey). The aim of the survey was twofold:
1. Conduct a baseline study of the Arctic Ocean ecosystem (oceanography, nutrients, phyto-plankton, zooplankton, fish, benthos, marine mammals and birds. SI_ARCTIC – exploratory focus).
2. Conduct the northern part of the joint IMR-PINRO Barents Sea ecosystem survey (the Barents Sea Ecosystem survey/Arctic ecosystem survey-annual monitoring focus).