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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.

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New probe will increase catch control in purse seines

25.01.2019

Development of a new catch monitoring probe will provide a means of monitoring fish welfare and quality early in the capture process in purse seines, as well as providing a simplified and cost-effective method for species and size identification. 

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The Christmas party when seafood researchers gave themselves food poisoning

13.12.2018

When a group of seafood researchers decided to organise their own Christmas party, it all went wrong. Then the search for answers began.

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Bluefin tuna tag has ''phoned home''

11.12.2018

The tag attached to a blue fin tuna outside of Bergen has surfaced west of Ireland. It tells the story of quite a ride.

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Turning researchers’ discussions into action

23.11.2018

How can you get world-leading experts to provide specific recommendations on how to ensure that the oceans remain clean and productive for the future? By breaking down barriers between fields and by having good “table secretaries”.

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Prime Minister Solberg spoke to the marine experts

20.11.2018

Prime Minister Erna Solberg addressed 160 of the world’s leading ocean experts.

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"We must act now to protect our oceans for the future"

06.11.2018

At the conference on the oceans in Bergen, marine scientists from all over the world will sit down together. The Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg believes that it is high time to turn words into actions to ensure that our oceans remain pure and rich.

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Have analysed contaminants in "new" fish

02.11.2018

The deep oceans are home to large unexploited fish resources. Now scientists have studied toxic levels in some important species.

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Swapping waders for business attire

30.10.2018

Anne Hege Straume’s day-to-day work consists of editing the genome of salmon eggs. She and the other postdocs at the Institute of Marine Research are now getting ready to act as eyes and ears during the upcoming ocean conference in Bergen this autumn.

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Part of our ocean is dying

25.10.2018

Opinion in Washington Post 23.10.18: PERTH, Australia – Over the last few years, an intense, marine heatwave has decimated Northern California’s kelp forests by helping trigger an explosive growth of the purple sea urchin.

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One month to go until the government's marine science conference in Bergen

23.10.2018

On 20-21 November the world’s leading marine scientists will meet in Bergen. The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is hosting the conference, which was launched by Erna Solberg at the G7 meeting in the summer.

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Conference: Science for Ocean Actions

22.10.2018

Institute for Marine Research (IMR) is, on behalf of the Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, responsible for a science conference to share new knowledge and suggest action points for the High-level Panel and G7 countries. 

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Follow whales on their migration

16.10.2018

The humpback whales have started their migration, but where are they going? You can follow their journey live here.

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Delousing agent kept juvenile lobsters from finding shelter

03.10.2018

Juvenile lobsters fed with realistic quantities of teflubenzuron developed stiff joints and were unable to find shelter.

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Helmet jellyfish is a rare guest in the north

25.09.2018

Sometimes rare species appear on our research cruises. This time there was a helmet jellyfish that gathered the scientific staff in the laboratory.

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Checking the state of all life in the Barents Sea

21.09.2018

Fish, birds, whales, sea cucumbers, plankton, radioactivity and microplastics: Step aboard the research vessel G.O. Sars for the 15th ecosystem survey of the Barents Sea.

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Oceans Opportunities Meeting

21.09.2018

To continue the strong collaborative relationship with Europe and discuss the future of marine research, IMR invites you to meet a selected group of our senior scientists and research directors at Norway House, Rue Archimède 17 in Brussels on October 17th 2018 at 0900-1300. 

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Strange fish from the deep blue sea – are they tasty?

10.09.2018

It looks strange, smells odd and has never been tasted before. So what happened when a celebrity chef served the “seafood of the future” to five researchers at the Institute of Marine Research?

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Tries to use facial recognition technology on fish

05.09.2018

Maybe you think that a fish is just a fish? You’re wrong. Fish are also unique individuals with different traits, and now researchers at the Institute of Marine Research want to use facial recognition technology to distinguish between them.

 

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Satellite tagging 20 bluefin tuna: The search is on

27.08.2018

“This is the tagging boat. Team 13 have observed bluefin tuna at the surface.”

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The “plastic whale” from 1971

23.08.2018

46 years before a whale with its stomach full of plastic famously stranded in Norway, marine scientists found plastic in the stomach of a whale off Canada. We know this thanks to a newly discovered report.

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A Baltic sea fish named after IMR-researcher

12.07.2018

A new flatfish in the Baltic Sea, the “Baltic flounder”, has received the Latin name Platichthys solemdali after the late Norwegian scientist Per Solemdal. Genetic studies in 2017 confirmed that this flounder was a new species of fish.

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Flying an echo-sounder to the fish school with a drone

12.07.2018

The principle is simple: A multi-jet drone flies over a herring school and "dips" a scientific echo-sounder from a 9 meter long cable into the school. The echo-sounder sends data about the fish school back to the vessel in real time. The data can be used to improve the estimation of school size, before it is captured or during capture while it is still legal to release unwanted catches.

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Norwegian collaboration on plastic mapping

05.07.2018

A broad alliance on plastic pollution has been entered at Kongsberg this summer. Shipowner Torvald Klaveness, KONGSBERG, the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association and the Institute of Marine Research will develop a mapping concept for plastic in the oceans.

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Blue ling from the sea and fjord were not related

31.05.2018

While the blue ling is endangered, fishers report of lots of blue ling in some fjords. New DNA tests show that the sea and fjords may in fact be home to several distinct populations.

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Norwegian mercury research and surveillance is valuable to the UN

29.05.2018

The Institute of Marine Research is contributing research, capacity building and unique data to the UN’s efforts to prevent mercury pollution.

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Microplastics found amongst fish eggs in remote fjord in northern Norway

25.04.2018

When researcher Terje van der Meeren was quantifying fish eggs in the Repparfjord in the very north of Norway, there were microplastics in around 25% of the samples that he collected from the fjord.

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10 things you didn't know about the oceans

23.04.2018

How much water is there in the oceans? And where is the oldest water on the planet? Marine scientist Svein Sundby has the answers.

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European researchers demand immediate action on iodine deficiency

18.04.2018

Iodine researchers from 27 European countries are demanding immediate action to tackle iodine deficiency in European children. With half of all newborns at risk of impaired brain development, the experts are taking a joint stand and signing a call for action.

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Found heavy metal in crab products sold in grocery stores

09.04.2018

Crab pâté, stuffed crab and other mixed crab meat products contain high levels of the heavy metal cadmium. That is the conclusion after analysing various crab products sold in grocery stores.