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Going global: Researchers aim to collect and organize data on plastic pollution from around the world

23.06.2021

Plastic pollution readily crosses boundaries between countries and ecosystems. Research and monitoring also requires a holistic approach and a global perspective, argues initiator Michael Bank.

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The scientists explain: why all the fuss about iodine?

16.06.2021

Nutritionists often say that young women in Norway consume too little iodine. Why? And what has it got to do with the sea?

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Hear humpback whales singing outside Lofoten

10.06.2021

New evidence that humpbacks sing outside of their tropical breeding grounds. 

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IMR explains: Mercury

02.06.2021

In our new series "Seafood for land crabs", you will get to know your dinner better! We take a closer look at what useful and important nutrients you should get through your diet, how they work and why you need them. We also look at the less pleasant substances, the ones that we should not get too much of.  

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New methods for feed control in a circular economy

31.05.2021

Insect farming for fish-feed production offers interesting opportunities in aquaculture, but it also raises new challenges for food and feed safety testing. Researchers have now developed and tested new methods for detecting and tracing prohibited ingredients in insect meal.

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How healthy is the food of the future?

28.05.2021

New marine resources such as mesopelagic fish may play a larger role in future food systems. Researchers are now studying what this could mean for our health.

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IMR scientists discover a missing shipwreck from 1913

28.05.2021

IMR researchers have found a wreck off Bodø that they assume must be DS Malmberget. After 108 years, we may be close to solving the mystery of this ship, which disappeared in a storm with 43 people on board. 

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Covid-19: Why do hand sanitizer and hand-washing work?

10.05.2021

“The common hand sanitizers work only on certain types of virus, including coronaviruses”, explains Mette Myrmel, a virologist at the Institute of Marine Research.

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Ocean health update: Species go extinct before they are discovered

22.04.2021

Bottom dwelling animal species may become extinct before scientists are able to discover them. That is one of the conclusions of the UN’s Second World Ocean Assessment.

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No major changes in cod DNA from long-term fishing pressure

21.04.2021

Historical and contemporary samples of Norwegian and Canadian cod show that the fish’s genome has remained stable over time.

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Sea monsters – and the natural explanations for them

20.04.2021

For thousands of years, seafarers have lived in fear of dangerous monsters living in the ocean. We’ll guide you through their treacherous waters.

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Researchers have given sonar the power to calculate the tonnes of fish in a shcool

07.04.2021

This is good news for both fishers and fish stocks.

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About the Institute of Marine Research

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is one of the biggest marine research institutes in Europe, with about 1,100 employees. Our main activities are research, advisory work and monitoring.