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New way found to mass produce sterile salmon

09.12.2020

By cutting out a particular gene, scientists can make farmed salmon sterile. This prevents escaped fish from spawning with wild salmon. Now scientists have also worked out how to produce sufficient quantities of sterile salmon for commercial production.



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Centre for research-based innovation launched with major herring survey

03.12.2020

The CRIMAC centre wants the echo sounder itself to be able to distinguish between herring, mackerel, shrimps and gas emissions. Now scientists have completed their first expedition to learn the “dialect” of herring.



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Mystery has been solved: the Moon prevents glass eels from dying in the Arctic

30.11.2020

A new study shows how young eels find their way from their birthplace in the Sargasso Sea to Norwegian fjords and river mouths. 



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On average, 2,871 harbour porpoises die each year in Norwegian gillnets

30.11.2020

Harbour porpoises that get entangled in gillnets die slowly. But there may be a simple solution.



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REDUS has improved fisheries stock assessment

26.11.2020

Researchers have reviewed almost everything: from surveys, trawling methods and sampling, to calculations and management strategies. They have come up with new methods and tools. In five years, the REDUS project has made the fish stock advice of the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) more reliable.



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Processed fish from Ghana is rich in nutrients

24.11.2020

At fish markets in Ghana, fish is sold either smoked, salted or sun-dried. A new study has now shown that this fish is rich in many important micronutrients, which came as a surprise to researchers.



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Less sea ice means more human activity in the north

20.11.2020

With warmer seas and less sea ice around Svalbard, fishing boats and expedition cruise ships move northwards and extend their operational season and areal coverage. The implications of the increase in human activity for the vulnerable ecosystem in this region can be severe.



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Have studied omega-3 levels in pregnant women

17.11.2020

In a new study, researchers have for the first time measured omega-3 levels in pregnant women from all over Norway. They found that pregnant women who took dietary supplements had the highest omega-3 levels in their bodies.



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African fish are rich in many important nutrients

13.11.2020

Sardines, anchovies, horse mackerel and axillary seabream are popular along the African coast. A new study shows that these species contain lots of important minerals and vitamins, particularly if the fish are eaten whole.



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“Kaja” may hold the world spawning record for an Atlantic salmon

06.11.2020

DNA test reveals female salmon has spawned an incredible five times in the River Etneelva.



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Will the herring enter the fjords in northern Norway this winter?

05.11.2020

Herring is whimsical. One year it can appear in large numbers near the coast in winter, return to the same area several winters in a row, and then suddenly disappear.



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Just a little oil impair survival of haddock larvae

30.10.2020

New study shows even very low concentrations of crude oil impair haddock larvae’s ability to swim. Negative impact was found at a third of what was previously believed to impact the larvae.

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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 1,000 employees. Our main activities are research, advisory work and monitoring.