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State of the Ocean 2019: Highlights from the IMR director's speech

12.06.2019

Climate change and the effects we are already witnessing were key topics in the first State of the Ocean speech by managing director Sissel Rogne.

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Johan Hjort: a marine research pioneer whose ideas still hold water

07.06.2019

One hundred fifty years have passed since the birth of Johan Hjort (1869-1948). Best remembered for his groundbreaking theory from 1914 on the natural fluctuations of fish stocks, Hjort paved the way for materials and methods that are used to this day, not least in climate studies.

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Aquaculture didn’t cause the algal bloom

28.05.2019

A review of figures showing the amount of aquaculture in the areas that are, or have been, affected by the harmful algal bloom suggests that it was probably not caused by aquaculture. On the other hand, it cannot be ruled out that emissions of inorganic nutrients from fish farms may prolong the bloom.

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Algal bloom: appears to be getting less toxic

27.05.2019

The bloom of the alga Chrysochromulina leadbeateri in northern Norway has now lasted a week. It’s impossible to say how long the alga will continue to create problems for farmed fish, but there are some indications that it is becoming less harmful.

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Why mainly farmed fish is killed by the algal bloom

27.05.2019

Wild fish can escape the deadly algal blooms, but farmed fish is held in cages. That is why the algae currently blooming in Northern Norway are lethal mainly to farmed salmon in the area.

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Ifremer and IMR sign bilateral agreement to strengthen scientific collaboration.

24.05.2019

On 24th of May 2019 in the Palais du Luxembourg in Paris, François Houllier, Managing Director of the French Research Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer) and Sissel Rogne, Managing Director of Institute of Marine Research (IMR) sign the renewal of a "Memorandum of understanding" which will govern and facilitate the scientific cooperation between the two institutes.

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Big claws: Good for lobster sex life, potentially fatal in the fishing season

24.05.2019

24 of 100 tagged lobsters survived the fishing season. It was not random which ones were caught, a new study shows.

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What we know about the so-called "killer alga" in northern Norway

21.05.2019

Harmful blooms of Chrysochromulina leadbeateri have led to the death of salmon in the counties of Nordland and Troms. This species of alga is common along the Norwegian coast.

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Advises feeding the beluga whale in Hammerfest

15.05.2019

The Institute of Marine Research advises feeding the beluga whale in Hammerfest if it does not take food on its own.

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The cod spawns at Jan Mayen

14.05.2019

The fishing vessel “Geir II” has caught spawning cod at Jan Mayen.

“This is new knowledge for us,” says Marine Researcher Bjarte Bogstad.

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Beluga whale with harness

02.05.2019

At the Norwegian coast, a white whale with a harness has attracted international media coverage. The animal appeared to have been trained, marine scientist Martin Biuw explains in this article.

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Sends saildrone cruising in the North Sea

29.04.2019

What measures seven by five metres, weighs 750 kg and is bright orange? Our latest “temp”, who is currently following a predefined course around the North Sea.

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Successful takeover puts capelin and warrior shrimps on the menu

05.04.2019

Marine researchers took over the famous Bergen restaurant Lysverket for one evening. On the menu, marine delicacies of the future sprinkled with research.

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Welcome to the wondrous world of whales

19.03.2019

They can travel 8,000 km and dive down 2,000 metres below sea level, but they must always return to the surface to breathe. Whale expert Nils Øien leads us through the world of whales.

Handed over advice on the world's oceans

06.03.2019

In November last year, 150 ocean experts from over 150 countries met to discuss critical science-based actions in response to the problems facing the oceans. Tuesday Sissel Rogne, Managing Director of the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), submitted their report to Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

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Fish stocks recovering due to better management

25.02.2019

A new study shows that the majority of fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic have recovered as a result of improved fisheries management.

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Symposium to honour our first director

18.02.2019

Today marks the 150-year anniversary of the birth of Johan Hjort. He was the inaugural director of the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research. A Hjort symposium will be held in June to create a new mindset within marine research.

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Flesh of fish turned liquid by parasite

14.02.2019

When the host dies, microscopic Kudoa spores start to break down the flesh of the fish. Once they’re done, you can drink the fish with a straw.

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Fjords create mercury problems

28.01.2019

It has been a mystery why deep-sea fish contain so much mercury in fjords without any known sources of mercury pollution. In fact, fish in a clean fjord like Sognefjorden contain more mercury than fish around the polluted submarine wreck at Fedje. Can it be the fjord itself that is to blame?

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New probe will increase catch control in purse seines

25.01.2019

Development of a new catch monitoring probe will provide a means of monitoring fish welfare and quality early in the capture process in purse seines, as well as providing a simplified and cost-effective method for species and size identification. 

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Fishing increased around the lobster reserve

21.01.2019

The lobster reserve was supposed to ensure more and bigger lobsters in the surrounding area as well. Then people started fishing three times as much just outside the borders.

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See the first photos from our Antarctic expedition

18.01.2019

Researchers have tested their gear and already tagged whales in the Southern Ocean. The first pictures from our Antarctic cruise have now reached us in Norway.

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The Kronprins Haakon sails for the Antarctic

07.01.2019

The bountiful krill in the wild and remote waters of the Antarctic has not been measured on such a large scale since 2000.

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The Christmas party when seafood researchers gave themselves food poisoning

13.12.2018

When a group of seafood researchers decided to organise their own Christmas party, it all went wrong. Then the search for answers began.

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Bluefin tuna tag has ''phoned home''

11.12.2018

The tag attached to a blue fin tuna outside of Bergen has surfaced west of Ireland. It tells the story of quite a ride.

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Turning researchers’ discussions into action

23.11.2018

How can you get world-leading experts to provide specific recommendations on how to ensure that the oceans remain clean and productive for the future? By breaking down barriers between fields and by having good “table secretaries”.

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Prime Minister Solberg spoke to the marine experts

20.11.2018

Prime Minister Erna Solberg addressed 160 of the world’s leading ocean experts.

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"We must act now to protect our oceans for the future"

06.11.2018

At the conference on the oceans in Bergen, marine scientists from all over the world will sit down together. The Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg believes that it is high time to turn words into actions to ensure that our oceans remain pure and rich.

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Have analysed contaminants in "new" fish

02.11.2018

The deep oceans are home to large unexploited fish resources. Now scientists have studied toxic levels in some important species.

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Swapping waders for business attire

30.10.2018

Anne Hege Straume’s day-to-day work consists of editing the genome of salmon eggs. She and the other postdocs at the Institute of Marine Research are now getting ready to act as eyes and ears during the upcoming ocean conference in Bergen this autumn.