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IMR - PINRO reports - 2008

IMR/PINRO 1/2008 Environmental Status Report Barents Sea 2007

The Barents Sea is strongly influenced by human activity; historically involving the fishing and hunting of marine mammals. More recently, human activities also involve transportation of goods, oil and gas, tourism and aquaculture. The Barents Sea is strongly influenced by human activity; historically involving the fishing and hunting of marine mammals. More recently, human activities also involve transportation of goods, oil and gas, tourism and aquaculture. At the 2006 annual meeting between IMR and PINRO scientists, it was decided to begin production of an annual joint status report on the Barents Sea ecosystem. The current volume is the third in the series.


IMR/PINRO 2/2008 Survey Report from the joint Norwegian-Russioan ecosystem survey in the Barents Sea August-September 2007, Volume 2

The fifth Joint Norwegian/Russian Ecosystem Survey in the Barents Sea was carried out from the 8th of August through the 5th of October, 2006. Survey results from investigations of 0 age-group fish, acoustic estimates of pelagic fish stocks, and oceanographic conditions were included in Volume 1 of this Report (Anon. 2008). This volume holds additional results from the 2007 Ecosystem Survey: population studies of zooplankton, bottom fishes, and benthic organisms; studies of fish diet composition, and population age structure; and information describing levels of pollution/toxic contamination.


IMR/PINRO 3/2008 Research on the red king crab (Parlithodes camtschaticus) from the Barents Sea in 2005-2007

This report summarizes research activities on the red king crab in the Barents Sea the recent three years. It is a collection of extended abstracts/small articles on the different research activities carried out in the frames of a 3-year joint research program on the king crab, initiated by the Russian-Norwegian Fishery Commission in the period 2005-2007. The report was presented at the 37the Session of the Fishery Commission in Bergen, 13-17 October



IMR/PINRO 4/2008 Age comparison of capelin otoliths by Norwegian and Russian age readers 2004-2007 - a review

Experts from the two labs IMR in Bergen and PINRO in Murmansk met for the first time in 1984 to discuss age determination of capelin. It was concluded that no systematic differences existed between the labs (Gjøsæter, 1985). Analyses during the following years showed that during the joint autumn surveys there were, seemingly, small differences between the age readings on the different participating vessels. On the other hand, judged from catch-at-age data reported to the ICES Northern Pelagic and Blue Whiting Working Group from the winter capelin fishery in the years following the fishing moratorium 1994-1998 and from scientific surveys during the winter-spring period, large discrepancies were found, which could not be attributed to differences in length. To check the presence of systematic differences between the otolith readers at the two laboratories and to study the reasons for such differences, an otolith exchange program and biannual workshops were started. The present report gives an update of results obtained since 2003.


IMR/PINRO 5/2008 Prospects for future sealing in the North Atlantic. Proceedings of the 13th Norwegian-Russioan Symposium, Tromsø, 25-26 August 2008

The prospects for future sealing in the North Atlantic have been discussed by the Joint Norwegian-Russian Fisheries Commission (JNRFC) in recent years. There are concerns over the current lack of ability on both the Norwegian and Russian side to fulfill given seal quotas. Also, the multispecies perspective of seal management is a matter of concern in the two countries. The main problem for the sealing industry in the last 2-3 decades has been the market situation. Protest activities initiated by several Non-governmental Organizations in the 1970s destroyed many of the old markets for traditional seal products which were primarily the skins. The results have been reduced profitability which subsequently resulted in reduction in available harvest capacity (e.g., the availability of ice-going vessels) and effort. With the present reduced logistic harvest capacity in Norway and Russia it is impossible to take out catches that would stabilize the stocks at their present levels. Unless sealing again becomes profitable, it is likely that this situation will prevail. In September 2003, the symposium “Prospects for future sealing activities in the North Atlantic” was held in Archangelsk, Russia with participation from Canada, Greenland, Norway and Russia. The meeting was successful, and  it was decided that a new symposium should be arranged.

This report summarizes all presentations and the discussions fromthe symposium in Tromsø, Norway, 25 - 26 August 2008.