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Research vessel to investigate oil spill

The research vessel “Håkon Mosby” is deployed to investigate consequences of the oil spill in the North Sea.

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Institute of Marine Research’s research vessel “Håkon Mosby” is deployed to investigate consequences of the oil spill in the North Sea.

“Håkon Mosby” left Lerwik, Shetland’s main port, this morning (December 13) and headed for the area of the oil spill. The researchers on board will start acoustic monitoring of fish already Thursday afternoon.

The research vessel is expected to dock in Bergen Friday morning in order to change crew and load additional equipment, enabling sampling of water, phytoplankton, zooplankton and fish as well as seabird observations. 
Upon return to the oil spill area “Håkon Mosby” will resume the acoustic monitoring of various fish species which includes large saithe, mackerel, blue whiting, and some other species og fish living close to the ocean bottom.

– We did a similar monitoring when the cargo ship ”Server” sank close to Bergen this winter. This is important in order to gain knowledge about and document the environmental consequences of such oil spills, Reidar Toresen says.
He is research director at the Institute of Marine Research.