The Archipelago Service was established in the Oslofjord in 1992 after an initiative from the Ministry of Climate and Environment. The objective was to establish an operative service that would handle waste management and manage the most popular recreational areas along the fjord, from the Swedish border to the coast of Telemark. There is collaboration with municipalities and county councils in regard to financing. Government funding make up the foundation for the service.
Today the Archipelago Service is established along the coast from Bergen to Oslo. There are 40 boats of various sizes that bear the colour and logo of the Archipelago Service. The crew have high competency.
· Waste management, maintenance and management of the public recreational areas along the coast.
· Educate the visitors and communicate the values of the coast.
· Supervise the protected natural areas, fishing activities and more, according to the rules and regulations of the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate.
· In the low season: build new toilets, wharves, secure mooring, and install information signs. Boat maintenance.