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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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Cod that is being relased

Atlantic cod recovers quickly after catch-and-release

For the first time, researchers have investigated how Atlantic cod behaves after catch-and-release. Their study shows that cod recover quickly if they get fished in shallow water, are handled properly and released immediately after capture.

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SISQUONOR project leaders

SISAQUA spots suitable space for aquaculture

A new spatial information system helps managers; mussel and oyster farmers find the best locations for shellfish production in Normandy. The system is developed within the French-Norwegian project SISQUONOR. The key success factors are strong networks; common understanding and complementing knowledge between the two cooperating countries.    

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The sideswimmer Halirages helgae

Discovery of a new sideswimmer

A new species of sideswimmers (amphipod) has been found on the continental slope off northern Norway. The new species is approximately 1 cm long, and appears to prefer water temperatures below 0 °C and depths of 1,000-2,600 metres. In total, 50 specimens of the new species were found.

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Needless with five hunting areas for minke whale

DNA analysis shows that all minke whales in Norwegian catches belong to the same population. Thus there is no genetic reason to divide the whaling into five different hunting areas.

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Blue forest in Norway

Norwegian Competence Network on Blue Forests Established

Oslo/Arendal/Bergen, 13 November – The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), GRID-Arendal and the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) have become the pioneering founders of a new Norwegian initiative to strengthen and share national competence on ‘blue forest’ habitats.

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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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