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Sufficient levels of marine fatty acids in fish deprived Nepal


Bhaktapur is nearly 1,000 kilometres away from the nearest ocean. Nevertheless, the Nepalese have good levels of marine fatty acids in their blood. The reason for this is a mystery to scientists.

Very high levels of undesirable substances in halibut weighing over 100 kg, but low levels in smaller halibut


Large halibut weighing over 100 kg contain very high levels of undesirable substances, according to a new survey. Halibut weighing less than 40 kg, however, which accounted for more than 80 per cent of the analysed fish, contained low levels of undesirable substances like mercury and organic contaminants. For 85 per cent of the halibut analysed, the levels of undesirable substances were below the EU maximum level in all parts of the fillet.

Low folate in feed leads to fewer and weaker fish embryos


Deficiencies in B vitamins such as folate and vitamin B12 affect the offspring’s genes. Studies on fish show that even a slight B vitamin deficiency leads to much lower fecundity and weaker offspring.

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. 

More environmental pollutants in wild salmon than in farmed salmon


The levels of environmental pollutants are higher in Norwegian wild salmon than in Norwegian farmed salmon. These are the results of a recent Norwegian study. This is the first major study to compare the species of wild salmon that lives in Norwegian waters (Salmo salar), with Norwegian farmed salmon.

No Anisakis in farmed rainbow trout


No Anisakis was found in farmed rainbow trout intended for human consumption, shows a new report from NIFES.

Good status for imported seafood


Seafood imported to Norway in 2015 was of overall good quality and rarely exceeded the applicable maximum limits for contaminants and infective agents.

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.