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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

26.04.2018

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

24.04.2018

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.

 



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RV "Kronprins Haakon" in Norwegian hands

27.03.2018

The formal change of ownership for Norway's new ice-breaker vessel "Kronprins Haakon" was completed 23 April. The Institute of Marine Research has now taken over as owner, and the completion of the vessel will be done at Vard Langsten.



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Northern kelp forests take longer to recover from trawling

03.04.2018

A five-year interval between trawling is not enough for the kelp forest in Nordland. The important flora and fauna in the kelp forest does not have time to establish itself during the normal gap between kelp harvests. Kelp forests are believed to be an important nursery and feeding ground for many species of fish.



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Escaped wrasse may affect local populations

21.03.2018

Salmon escaping from fish farms is a known problem. New research shows that wrasse can also escape and spread their genes amongst the “locals”.



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Cooking crabs correctly keeps the claw meat cadmium-free

19.03.2018

At several locations in Norway, brown crabs contain high levels of the toxic heavy metal cadmium. By preparing a crab correctly, you can prevent the great majority of the heavy metal from entering the claw meat.



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Paternity testing shows: Size does matter for lobsters

14.03.2018

If they have plenty of choice, female lobsters choose sex partners with a big body and a muscular crusher claw. However, new research shows that fishing pressure may affect their beauty ideal.



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Ocean acidification hurts the whole ecosystem

07.03.2018

From the tropics to the Arctic; increased ocean acidification will have huge, negative effects on marine ecosystems. A new study shows that the ocean management should be less sector based, according to scientist.



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Developing technology to recognise cod and salmon

11.01.2018

The Institute of Marine Research and the Norwegian Computing Centre have received a NOK 15.5 million grant for the ICT project COGMAR. One key goal is to automate the interpretation of images from echo sounders, trawl cameras and other observation methods.



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Making demersal seines more precise

10.01.2018

Demersal seines are so effective that the haul can become unmanageable. It has also been difficult to avoid bycatches when using them. Since 2013, fisheries researchers at the Institute of Marine Research have been working to redesign this fishing gear.



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Lots of interest in the RV Kronprins Haakon

03.01.2018

On the 2nd of January 2018, large numbers of politicians and journalists accepted the invitation to take a guided tour of the research vessel Kronprins Haakon, which arrived in Bergen on the 30th of December 2017.



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A new era for Norwegian Polar research

02.01.2018

The new icebreaking research vessel Kronprins Haakon is amongst the most advanced in the world. Today it is being presented in Bergen.



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Why do eels in Norway choose to stay in salt water?

12.12.2017

Some eels migrate into fresh water, while others remain at sea, particularly in Northern Europe. The IMR has received funding to investigate why.



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Colder seawater reduces salmon mortality when delousing

11.12.2017

Bath treatment with hydrogen peroxide is an effective method to remove sea lice on farmed Atlantic salmon, but treatments can be associated with high mortalities. Findings from researchers at the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and the University of Melbourne have developed a new treatment concept that can reduce salmon mortality and improve welfare.



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Budget agreement ensures extra NOK 27 million for marine research

29.11.2017

– We are delighted that, taken in consideration Norway’s ambitious goals to expand our exploration on marine resources, this agreement strengthens us further as a management institute. The marine industries must be managed sustainably if we are to handle the desired growth in a good manner, says The Institute of Marine Research’s Managing Director Sissel Rogne.



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Kelp to shield mussels from ocean acidification

29.11.2017

A joint Norwegian-Chinese project in Austevoll is investigating whether kelp farms in China can protect farmed mussels against increasing ocean acidification.



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IMR and NIFES share the same homepage

29.11.2017

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and The National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES) now share the same homepage. This is due to the process of merging the two institutes. The formal date for the merge is the 1th of January 2018.



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Have more answers about seafood and health

08.11.2017

Over the past four years, with a budget of NOK 70 million and around 45 planned scientific articles, researchers have endeavoured to find out what effect fish and seafood consumption have on our health. The Fish Intervention Studies project (FINS) is near completion and the results are starting to come in.



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'Fresh' cod all year round with the right freezing and thawing method

03.11.2017

Controlled freezing and thawing of cod give consumers a product all year round that rivals fresh fish. A new research project shows that the way in which cod is frozen and thawed makes all the difference to the quality of the product.



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Mould toxins can end up in fish feed

16.10.2017

So far, fish have been spared the problem of mycotoxins produced by mould, but the increase of plant ingredients in farmed fish feed has resulted in more such toxins in fish feed too. Many ‘new’ toxins have been discovered, and we know little about any consequences they may have for fish and people.



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Norway receives praise for its ocean science

13.10.2017

Norway received the IOC prize for its ocean science knowledge and capacity. Director General of NIFES Ole Arve Misund accepted the prize on behalf of Norway during the UN Ocean Conference in New York this week.



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National budget: NOK 11 million to study krill in Antarctic

12.10.2017

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) has been allocated NOK 11 million for an expedition to study krill in Antarctica in winter 2018–2019, the Southern Hemisphere’s summer. The new icebreaker research vessel “Kronprins Haakon” will be used.