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Alarm bells raised about ocean warming

25.09.2019

Today the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is launching its special report on the oceans and cryosphere. Geir Ottersen, a scientist at the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and one of the main authors of the report, is concerned about the changes taking place in the Arctic.

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The Arctic cod is facing problems as the ice disappears

25.09.2019

The Arctic cod, the Arctic cousin of the Atlantic cod, is a key species in the northern Barents Sea. The whole ecosystem may therefore be destabilised by the spawning grounds of the Arctic cod shrinking as a result of declining sea ice cover.

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Fish communities consolidate their move north

25.09.2019

Fish communities from southern Norway have consolidated their significant move north. The Barents Sea may become home to as many as 25 new species as a result of climate change.

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10 things you didn’t know about ice

25.09.2019

Where is the world’s oldest ice found? And what will happen if the Greenland ice sheet melts? Climate scientists Anne Britt Sandø and Vidar Lien have the answers.

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Haddock larvae have an internal compass

18.09.2019

In a magnetic tank in which researchers can make north become south, “baby” haddock swim northwest.

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Scientists uncover the ''home'' of bluefin tuna in the North Atlantic

12.09.2019

DNA testing reveals that the world’s biggest tuna cross the ocean frequently.

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Research centre lands a good catch

11.09.2019

Smart fishing gear, scientific publications and training new researchers are just a few of the achievements of the Centre for Research-based Innovation in Sustainable fish capture and Pre-processing technology (CRISP).

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How much fish do grey seals along the coast eat?

29.08.2019

By analysing their stomach contents and faeces, and multiplying the results by the number of grey seals in Norway, researchers estimated that they consume 8,000 tonnes of fish per year. Saithe, cod and wolffish were their favourite foods.

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Far more migrating baleen whales in the Atlantic than in the Pacific

27.08.2019

In the North Atlantic there are several hundred thousand baleen whales that migrate long distances, whereas in the North Pacific there are just a few hundred of them. That is the conclusion of a new study.

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Research continues into the mysterious cod at Jan Mayen

26.08.2019

We joined “Geir II” on a scientific fishing expedition to Jan Mayen, where significant numbers of spawning cod have been discovered recently.

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72 million tonnes of krill in Antarctic fishing grounds

22.08.2019

The data from the Antarctic krill expedition is ready. This is the first estimate of the krill population in the Southern Ocean fishery in 19 years. 

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Total collapse in food sources for the youngest cod along the south coast of Norway

19.08.2019

In 1999, researchers caught 50,000 of the juvenile cod’s favourite food in their beach seine. In 2018 that number had collapsed to 500.

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About the Institute of Marine Research

The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is one of the biggest marine research institutes in Europe, with about 1,000 employees. Our main activities are research, advisory work and monitoring.

In January 2018, the IMR was merged with NIFES – the National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research. IMR is a leading supplier of knowledge relating to the sustainable management of the resources in our marine ecosystems and the whole food chain from the sea to the table.