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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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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.

 

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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

04.04.2018

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

05.04.2018

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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Sixty years of Norwegian–Russian marine research cooperation

16.03.2018

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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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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About the Institute of Marine Research

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is the biggest research institute of its kind in Europe, with over 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. The web pages was merged November 30 2017. The new institute will be 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.