Research

IMR´s main activities are monitoring, research and advice. Research vessels, laboratories and research stations are used to collect data used as basis for research and scientific advice.

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Research and advice from IMR shall lay the foundation for also the future society to reap the benefits of the value of the sea and along the coast.

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Research Council of Norway provides funding for new robotic floats

The Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Mæland visited the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen to pass on the good news. During her visit, she met one of the cylindrical, yellow “marine scientists” that will drift on the ocean currents.

Inspiring gathering with Strategic Advisory Board

– This has been a great and inspiring experience. It’s been fantastic to have access to some of the world’s best researchers for three full days, says Sissel Rogne, the IMR’s Managing Director, who hosted the first meeting of its Strategic Advisory Board.

EU research and innovation Director-General visits the IMR

Robert-Jan Smits, the Director-General of research and innovation in the EU, visits the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen wednesday.

Recommends reducing cod quota by 20%

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) recommends that the cod quota in the Barents Sea next year does not exceed 712,000 tonnes. This is a reduction of 20% compared to this year’s quota.

“We are experiencing a natural decline in Atlantic cod stocks, which we need to take into consideration,” says the Research Director at the Institute of Marine Research, Geir Huse.

Dr. Fridtjof Nansen has started working

Cruise leader Reidar Toresen reports that the new research vessel Dr. Fridtjof Nansen is well under way on its very first cruise off North-West Africa.
 
– We left Casablanca in the evening 8 May and we are now working in the ocean between Morocco and The Canary Iles until 7 June, says Toresen. – During 2017 the goal is to cover the whole west coast of Africa, from Casablanca to Cape Town, he adds. 

Plan to merge the Institute of Marine Research and NIFES

 In its revised national budget, the Norwegian government proposes merging the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and NIFES – The National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research.

 

Prime Minister to name new research vessel

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg will name the new Norwegian research vessel Dr. Fridtjof Nansen Friday 24 March in Oslo harbour. The vessel represents the pinnacle of Norwegian marine technology, and will play a central role in the EAF-Nansen Programme which over the last 40 years has aided coastal nations in Africa and Asia in  developing marine research and sustainable fisheries management. 

State-of-the-art research vessel for Development Cooperation

The new RV Dr. Fridtjof Nansen arrived in her home harbour Bergen for the first time today.  Now starts a two months period of testing of equipment and functions before she leaves Casablanca in the beginning of May for her very first scientific survey.  

Publication prize for “knock-out” article on genetics

Anna Wargelius received the Institute of Marine Research’s 2016 publication prize for an article on how mutations can be used to change the DNA sequence in salmon. Essentially, the technique involves “knocking out” specific genes to create a sterile farmed salmon.

King and president joined mackerel-dugnad

Since 2011, over 250,000 mackerels have been electronically tagged and released back into the sea. On Thursday King Harald of Norway and the Icelandic presidential couple sent out another three mackerels to collect data in the name of research.

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About the Institute of Marine Research

IMR is Norway's largest centre of marine science. Our main task is to provide advice to Norwegian authorities on aquaculture and the ecosystems of the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the North Sea and the Norwegian coastal zone