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News archive - January

Published: 03.02.2009 - Updated: 11.06.2009

Monitoring fish and shellfish around submarine wreck

Even if the wreck of the U 864 is raised, and a three hectare area of the seabed is covered with sand, it will be necessary to monitor the site for a number of years. The Institute of Marine Research and NIFES will continue to do so in order to ensure that mercury does not leak out from the covered sediments.

Published: 03.02.2009 - Updated: 10.06.2009

Immediate action on ocean acidification

Scientists fromthe Institute of Marine Research strongly recommend this international report on ocean acidification. The participants in Monaco made a thorough survey on accessible evidence of the seriousness of ocean acidification.

Published: 02.02.2009 - Updated: 10.06.2009
PhDs 2008

PhDs at a record high

In 2008 seven women and four men finished their PhD at the Institute of Marine Research. This is a new record, also when it comes to women


Published: 03.02.2009 - Updated: 11.06.2009

Continuing decline in levels of technetium-99 along the coast

Emissions of technetium-99 (Tc-99) from the British nuclear reprocessing facility at Sellafield were reduced in 2004. Now the levels of this radioactive element are also falling in sea water and in kelp and lobster along the Norwegian coast, according to a new report. Provided that last week’s leak from the facility was small, it is likely that levels will continue falling.

Published: 02.02.2009 - Updated: 10.06.2009

38 additional millions to IMR

The Norwegian Government has provided the Institute of Marine Research with NOK 38 million. - This will help us solve many of our challenges. New infrastructure will be of great support to existing and future research, says Tore Nepstad, managing director at the Institute of Marine Research.


Published: 06.02.2009 - Updated: 10.06.2009
The autostrada of the capelin

Solved the capelin secret

From its feeding grounds north in the Barents Sea, capelin in late winter makes the dangerous migration towards the coast to spawn - to many the "last journey". Large schoals are first gathering in the north. But then they vanish into thin air. A month later the capelin emerges close to the coast. Until now it has been unknown how the capelin can make this migration without becoming predator food. But yesterday we probably found the answer.