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The Indian Ocean 2015

Indian Ocean Expedition

For 21 days, researchers from various countries will sail in the Indian Ocean in a Demonstration Survey as part of the preparation of IIOE-2.  One of the focuses is to do the research on plastic waste in the ocean.

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Marine snow-storm

Cruise diary:

Deep sea snow storm in the Barents Sea

While sending the video-platform Chimaera towards the bottom of the Barents Sea (250–300 m), we see a large amount of particles swirling through the water like snow. The large particles are observed from tenfold of meters above the seabed and down to the seafloor.

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Sea anemone

Cruise diary:

The Barents Sea surveys continue

MAREANO's first cruise of 2015 set sail from Tromsø last Friday bound for the new Norwegian area of the Barents Sea. Sixteen scientists and technicians will spend the next two weeks onboard the research vessel G.O. Sars, investigating one of the world's richest seas. The benthic environment and faunal communities over an area of 12 000 km2 is to be sampled while a total of 44 line kilometers across 60 sites will be filmed with high resolution video.

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Climate change pushing fish northwards

Chronicle in Aftenposten Viten: A new study shows that fish communities in the Barents Sea are moving up to four times faster than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates.

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Fargerike kaldtvannskoraller

Workshop to protect marine ecosystems

The Institute of Marine Research hosts FAO workshop on the protection of vulnerable marine ecosystems in the high seas

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Dr. Fridtjof Nansen

RV Dr Fridtjof Nansen explores seamounts of the Southeast Atlantic

The UN General Assembly has listed seamounts among marine habitat that may have particularly vulnerable benthic communities and fisheries resources. The recent cruise of the RV “Dr. Fridtjof Nansen”, from the 15. Jan to the 12. Feb 2015 aimed at mapping the occurrence and abundance of benthopelagic fish and sessile epibenthos in the southeast Atlantic.

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European Lobster

In focus: European lobster

The European lobster has been found from the Mediterranean Sea to Northern Norway and west to the Shetland Island and western Ireland. It is usually found in shallow waters less than 40 m deep, where it is night active and shelter in burrows during daytime.

Their preferred habitat is moderately exposed areas with a complex bottom substrate of a mixture of sand and rocks. The lobster has a wide diet, hunting live prey and scavenging on dead organisms.

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