December 22, 2015

2140 RUSSIA (Murmansk Oblast) - Barents Sea coast at Teriberka

The Barents Sea is a marginal sea of the Arctic Ocean, located off the northern coasts of Norway and Russia with vast majority of it lying in Russian territorial waters. It is a rather shallow shelf sea, with an average depth of 230m, and is an important site for both fishing and hydrocarbon exploration. It contains the world largest remaining cod population, as well as an important stocks of haddock and capelin. Fishing is managed jointly by Russia and Norway.

Located on the Barents Sea coast, at the mouth of the Teriberka River, the village Teriberka had, in the beginning of the 20th century, well-developed cod and shark fishing businesses (undertaken mostly by the Norwegians who owned a factory and a store). After the WWII Teriberka developed quickly, having, among others, two fishing farms and two fish processing facilities. Repair facilities of the shipyard were working at their full capacity and were being expanded.

The downfall began in the 1960s, when the district was transferred to the jurisdiction of the town of Severomorsk. As ship tonnage increased and fishing fleets were able to travel more easily in the open ocean, the coastal fishing business became less important. A newly constructed fish processing complex in Murmansk put smaller processing facilities in Teriberka out of business. The 2014 Russian drama movie Leviathan, which won a Golden Globe in 2015, was filmed in Teriberka.

About the stamp
The stamp, designed by C. Ulyanovsk, was issued on June 2, 2015, to mark the Anniversary of 80 years since the foundation of Mining and Metallurgical Company Norilsk Nickel.

Teriberka - Wikipedia
Barents Sea - Wikipedia

Sender: Olga Sumatova
Sent from Murmansk (Murmansk Oblast / Russia), on 03.11.2015
Photo: Mikhail Slavin

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