IMR operates five advisory programmes:
- Monitoring and condition assessment of the Barents Sea ecosystem
- Monitoring and condition assessment of the ecosystems of the Norwegian Sea and the North Sea
- Monitoring and condition assessment of the ecosystems of the North Sea
- Monitoring and condition assessment of the coastal zone
Advice to annual fisheries negotiations
On the basis of stock assessments and quota recommendations from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), the Institute provides science-based advice to the annual fisheries negotiations between Norway and other parties (the EU, Russia, the Faroe Islands and Greenland) and to the national quota allocation process.
The Institute of Marine Research also provides annual advice to the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission.
Advice on climate and pollution
The Institute monitors long-term trends and makes prognoses regarding marine climatic and production conditions, and is the primary adviser to the authorities in questions regarding the state of the marine environment and pollution in Norwegian coastal waters and ocean regions.
Advice on aquaculture
On the basis of research data from aquaculture production of salmonids, halibut, cod and scallops, among other species, the Institute provides aquaculture management advice in the fields of health and disease, problems of environmental and ethical significance, and questions of genetics related to biodiversity.
Development aid research and resources management activities are performed in collaboration with the Directorate of Fisheries and are run by the Centre for Development Co-operation in Fisheries. The aim of the Centre is to support the establishment of independent research institutions and resources management systems in our partner countries.