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A trawl with blue whiting

An opening at the bottom can prevent the trawl bag from bursting

18.01.2022

Several hundred tonnes of blue whiting per trawl haul are fished, and accidents can occur. The trawl bag can simply burst because of the catch sizes.

Herring on a green background.

Computer learns to identify fish species in trawl images

14.01.2022

Scientists have trained an artificially intelligent system to automatically count and recognize the species of fish that are photographed in the trawl under water.

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Nils Gunnar Kvamstø is the new CEO at IMR

03.01.2022

He is excited and motivated for his new role at one of the biggest marine research institutes in Europe.

Coral reef before and after bleaching event.

Ocean economy suffers as marine heatwaves are ramping up

01.12.2021

Marine heatwaves are becoming more frequent and intense due to climate change. This has wide-ranging impacts for ocean-human interactions, researchers find.

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Ocean Observatory: The missing cable has been found

26.11.2021

On Thursday afternoon, the research vessel G.O. Sars found cable that was missing from Lofoten-Vesterålen sea observatory (LoVe).

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Ocean Observatory temporarily out of service

05.11.2021

The Lofoten–Vesterålen Ocean Observatory (LoVe) is currently out of service. This is due to extensive damage to the outer circuit of the observatory, and it will take time for the full system to return to normal operations.

Portraits of Peter and Mari in a park.

COP26: Scientists call for ocean-based action to tackle the climate crisis

03.11.2021

Scientists call for ocean-based action to tackle the climate crisis.

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Satellite-tagged bluefin tuna swam 15,000 kilometres in a year

11.10.2021

…and ended up at the same spot, at the same time where the scientists had tagged it the previous year.

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After being trapped in Norway by the pandemic, Dr. Fridtjof Nansen is once again heading out into the world

08.10.2021

The research vessel has been in Norway since March 2020. Now it is returning to Africa – with five first-time crew on board.

Leatherback sea turtle

Researchers met a leatherback sea turtle at the Norwegian coast

04.10.2021

Watch their unique footage of the rare encounter

Lobster trap on the quay.

Lobster Trap Live: Watch our stream from the seafloor

01.10.2021

Until October 13, you can follow our videostream live from the seafloor off the Skagerrak coast in southern Norway.

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Matre: 50 years of solving some of the most significant challenges in aquaculture

30.09.2021

The key to its success is fresh water from the Matre mountains.

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Successful transfer of an ocean model to China

07.09.2021

The Yellow Sea Model which is based on the Institute of Marine Research's coastal current model is now producing important results for Chinese aquaculture in the Yellow Sea. 

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Sixty years of Norwegian–Russian marine research cooperation

06.09.2021

The Soviet research vessel Sevastopol arrived in Bergen on 16 February 1958. On board were eight scholars who were to resume the marine research cooperation that Norway and Russia had established before the Russian Revolution of 1917. Half a year later, Norwegian marine scientists returned the favour by visiting Murmansk.

Sampes of Greenland halibut.

Lower mercury concentrations in Greenland halibut

02.09.2021

Reduced emissions to air and water have contributed to a significant decrease in Greenland halibut mercury concentrations from the Norwegian Sea.

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Humpback whales make a strong “comeback” in the Antarctic – after decades of protection

30.08.2021

Humpback whales are once again abundant in their summer grazing grounds in the western Southern Ocean. 

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The world’s most comprehensive ecosystem research cruise is underway

25.08.2021

First published in Norwegian in Nordnorsk debatt: On Wednesday 18 August, «Johan Hjort» left Kirkenes to start the first leg of the 17th annual ecosystem research cruise (eco cruise) in the Barents Sea.

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Sustainable aquatic foods can play a critical role in global food security and nutrition

29.07.2021

Fish as a source of important micronutrients deserves increased attention in discussions on food and nutrition policy.

A man in overalls on the deck of a research vessel manning a grab and a trawl.

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.  

Brown and black insect larvae in a box.

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.

Lantern fish, a small, silvery fish.

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.

Diver with a headlight hovers over the seafloor.

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.

Cod fish on deck.

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.