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Matre Research Station

Since the opening in 1971 the Research Station in Matre has been the core facility for the salmonid research of the Institute of Marine Research, and of several national and international collaborators. In 2006, the Research Station has been totally modernised with new water supplies, new and better experimental facilities and new analytical laboratories. The station is situated in Matredal, 80 km north of Bergen.

The Research Station is designed to do both small and large-scale studies on present and future aquaculture species. The facilities are also excellent for studies on wild fish species, including climate-change studies and pollution related experiments.

Aquaculture related studies

Fish nutrition – All tanks are equipped with an accurate feeding system and waste feed collectors.

Fish welfare studies – It is possible to study variations in parameters like temperature, salinity, water current, oxygen, carbon dioxide, feeding, photoperiod and light intensity, fish density etc. The facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art environmental control and monitoring systems.

Fish growth and reproduction – The environmental parameters can be controlled in experimental tanks suited for a range of fish species, in small and large groups, and also on large broodstock.

A specialised laboratory for studies on individual fish (e.g. cannulation studies) – The laboratory is fully equipped with all water qualities, photoperiod control and waste feed collection. It is also integrated with a fully equipped analytical laboratory.

Fisheries related studies

The facilities are excellent for short and long term studies on wild fish species like cod, herring, mackerel and horse mackerel. Possible issues are: how environmental factors and food availability affect growth and reproduction; how climate changes will influence on these processes; and how inorganic and organic pollutants will interact with the physiological processes.