The Institute of Marine Research has analyzed 182 Our Ocean commitments from the past five years. Overall, the commitments have mainly generated attention and funding. The direct impact on sustainable fisheries and management is less obvious.
Today the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is launching its special report on the oceans and cryosphere. Geir Ottersen, a scientist at the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and one of the main authors of the report, is concerned about the changes taking place in the Arctic.
The Arctic cod, the Arctic cousin of the Atlantic cod, is a key species in the northern Barents Sea. The whole ecosystem may therefore be destabilised by the spawning grounds of the Arctic cod shrinking as a result of declining sea ice cover.
Smart fishing gear, scientific publications and training new researchers are just a few of the achievements of the Centre for Research-based Innovation in Sustainable fish capture and Pre-processing technology (CRISP).
By analysing their stomach contents and faeces, and multiplying the results by the number of grey seals in Norway, researchers estimated that they consume 8,000 tonnes of fish per year. Saithe, cod and wolffish were their favourite foods.
In the North Atlantic there are several hundred thousand baleen whales that migrate long distances, whereas in the North Pacific there are just a few hundred of them. That is the conclusion of a new study.
The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is one of the biggest marine research institutes in Europe, with about 1,000 employees. Our main activities are research, advisory work and monitoring.
In January 2018, the IMR was merged with NIFES – the National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research. IMR is a leading supplier of knowledge relating to the sustainable management of the resources in our marine ecosystems and the whole food chain from the sea to the table.