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Collecting fish on deck

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. 
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Ole Arve Misund and Sissel Rogne

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.

 

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Benthic fauna may give warning of changes in the environment

The seabed holds a rich diversity of animals big and small. If you look closely at a handful of sand and sludge from the seabed and it will change from a dull grey mass to a writhing, hopping world of crustaceans, mussels and polychaetes. These tiny creatures may help us answer important questions.

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Atlantic salmon

In focus: Atlantic salmon

The Atlantic salmon is an anadromous fish. They spend their first years in freshwater, and when they are big enough they undergo physiological and morphological changes, and migrate into seawter as a ’smolt’. The smolt migrates from the rivers, throughout the fjords

and into the open seas where they spend one to four years. In this period they grow fast, and when they are sexually mature, they migrate back to the river where they were born, to spawn.

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