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Microplastics found amongst fish eggs in remote fjord in northern Norway

25.04.2018

When researcher Terje van der Meeren was quantifying fish eggs in the Repparfjord in the very north of Norway, there were microplastics in around 25% of the samples that he collected from the fjord.

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10 things you didn't know about the oceans

23.04.2018

How much water is there in the oceans? And where is the oldest water on the planet? Marine scientist Svein Sundby has the answers.

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European researchers demand immediate action on iodine deficiency

18.04.2018

Iodine researchers from 27 European countries are demanding immediate action to tackle iodine deficiency in European children. With half of all newborns at risk of impaired brain development, the experts are taking a joint stand and signing a call for action.

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Found heavy metal in crab products sold in grocery stores

09.04.2018

Crab pâté, stuffed crab and other mixed crab meat products contain high levels of the heavy metal cadmium. That is the conclusion after analysing various crab products sold in grocery stores.

 

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RV "Kronprins Haakon" in Norwegian hands

27.03.2018

The formal change of ownership for Norway's new ice-breaker vessel "Kronprins Haakon" was completed 23 April. The Institute of Marine Research has now taken over as owner, and the completion of the vessel will be done at Vard Langsten.

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Northern kelp forests take longer to recover from trawling

04.04.2018

A five-year interval between trawling is not enough for the kelp forest in Nordland. The important flora and fauna in the kelp forest does not have time to establish itself during the normal gap between kelp harvests. Kelp forests are believed to be an important nursery and feeding ground for many species of fish.

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Escaped wrasse may affect local populations

21.03.2018

Salmon escaping from fish farms is a known problem. New research shows that wrasse can also escape and spread their genes amongst the “locals”.

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Cooking crabs correctly keeps the claw meat cadmium-free

05.04.2018

At several locations in Norway, brown crabs contain high levels of the toxic heavy metal cadmium. By preparing a crab correctly, you can prevent the great majority of the heavy metal from entering the claw meat.

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Sixty years of Norwegian–Russian marine research cooperation

16.03.2018

The Soviet research vessel Sevastopol arrived in Bergen on 16 February 1958. On board were eight scholars who were to resume the marine research cooperation that Norway and Russia had established before the Russian Revolution of 1917. Half a year later, Norwegian marine scientists returned the favour by visiting Murmansk.

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Paternity testing shows: Size does matter for lobsters

14.03.2018

If they have plenty of choice, female lobsters choose sex partners with a big body and a muscular crusher claw. However, new research shows that fishing pressure may affect their beauty ideal.

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Ocean acidification hurts the whole ecosystem

07.03.2018

From the tropics to the Arctic; increased ocean acidification will have huge, negative effects on marine ecosystems. A new study shows that the ocean management should be less sector based, according to scientist.

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Developing technology to recognise cod and salmon

11.01.2018

The Institute of Marine Research and the Norwegian Computing Centre have received a NOK 15.5 million grant for the ICT project COGMAR. One key goal is to automate the interpretation of images from echo sounders, trawl cameras and other observation methods.

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Making demersal seines more precise

10.01.2018

Demersal seines are so effective that the haul can become unmanageable. It has also been difficult to avoid bycatches when using them. Since 2013, fisheries researchers at the Institute of Marine Research have been working to redesign this fishing gear.

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Lots of interest in the RV Kronprins Haakon

03.01.2018

On the 2nd of January 2018, large numbers of politicians and journalists accepted the invitation to take a guided tour of the research vessel Kronprins Haakon, which arrived in Bergen on the 30th of December 2017.

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A new era for Norwegian Polar research

02.01.2018

The new icebreaking research vessel Kronprins Haakon is amongst the most advanced in the world. Today it is being presented in Bergen.