Norwegian authorities are likely to entomb the wreck of U-864, a German World War II submarine which was blown in half by HMS Venturer while carrying aircraft parts and 65 tonnes of mercury.
Locals want the wreck, which has been 1.5km off the coast of Fedje since 1945, removed entirely as dangerous levels of mercury have been detected nearby. Fishing, boating, and the eating of any seafood from the surrounding area are banned.
Officials say it is too dangerous to remove the wreck due to deteriorating mercury canisters and live torpedoes still being present at the site. Entombment is also considered appropriate because the site is also a war grave containing 72 Germans.