The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) plays a main role in providing a sound scientific basis of the krill management, and contributes with scientific frameworks, research and monitoring, and the outcome in terms of analyses, reporting and evaluation are presented in international forums.
IMR has since 2011 carried out annual krill monitoring and research surveys in the Southern Ocean in collaboration with the krill fishing industry. The main aim of the surveys is to monitor fluctuations in abundance and demography of krill in a key region for both fisheries and land based predators. In 2008 the Institute undertook a major field effort to the Southern Ocean with ‘G.O. Sars’ and plans similar efforts at regular intervals in the future.
The institute contributes annually in the work of CCAMLR to maintain a sustainable krill harvest, and has ongoing international research collaborations to gain new knowledge and improve the management.