Research from ocean to plate

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Research centre lands a good catch

11.09.2019

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).

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How much fish do grey seals along the coast eat?

29.08.2019

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.

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Far more migrating baleen whales in the Atlantic than in the Pacific

27.08.2019

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.

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Research continues into the mysterious cod at Jan Mayen

26.08.2019

We joined “Geir II” on a scientific fishing expedition to Jan Mayen, where significant numbers of spawning cod have been discovered recently.

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72 million tonnes of krill in Antarctic fishing grounds

22.08.2019

The data from the Antarctic krill expedition is ready. This is the first estimate of the krill population in the Southern Ocean fishery in 19 years. 

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Total collapse in food sources for the youngest cod along the south coast of Norway

19.08.2019

In 1999, researchers caught 50,000 of the juvenile cod’s favourite food in their beach seine. In 2018 that number had collapsed to 500.

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Crowding mackerel can affect the fillets

08.08.2019

In much the same way as humans, mackerel need their own personal space too. Crowding the mackerel during the catch process might have significant consequences when those mackerel end up on our dinner plate.

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Seismic surveys do not significantly harm Calanus finmarchicus

07.08.2019

Field experiments show that seismic activity does not harm this important species of zooplankton: not at all when the air guns are over ten metres away, and with a maximum of 30% higher mortality than controls even in close proximity.

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Researchers discovered leak from Komsomolets

10.07.2019

Researchers have documented a leak from the wreck of the Soviet nuclear submarine. However, it poses no risk to people or fish.

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Crowding mackerel can affect the fillets

08.08.2019

In much the same way as humans, mackerel need their own personal space too. Crowding the mackerel during the catch process might have significant consequences when those mackerel end up on our dinner plate.

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State of the Ocean 2019: Highlights from the IMR director's speech

12.06.2019

Climate change and the effects we are already witnessing were key topics in the first State of the Ocean speech by managing director Sissel Rogne.

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Johan Hjort: a marine research pioneer whose ideas still hold water

07.06.2019

One hundred fifty years have passed since the birth of Johan Hjort (1869-1948). Best remembered for his groundbreaking theory from 1914 on the natural fluctuations of fish stocks, Hjort paved the way for materials and methods that are used to this day, not least in climate studies.

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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.

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.