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MARHAB – The Marine Habitats Project

Skagerrak and Kattegat - two corners of our seas strongly impacted by human activities after centuries of use. How are these areas affected by the loss of large predatory fish such as cod, halibut, and sharks that used to roam our fjords and coastal areas? How has the ecosystem been affected when those who used to control it from the top have largely disappeared? And what happens when they are given the opportunity to return?

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The UN decade’s most pressing need is to find scientifically based management solutions to the existing and future challenges that the ocean, and thus humankind, faces. To move from the present assessments of much of the global ocean based on qualitative interpretations of selective data, to quantitative assessments based on trustworthy and shared data, there needs to be a strengthening of global ocean data collection, - curation, - products and -integration.


Sharks on the Move

"Sharks on the Move" is a collaborative research project funded by The Research Council of Norway between 2021-2025. It aims to understand the movement behaviour and space-use in migratory sharks to inform ecosystem-based management in Norwegian waters and beyond in times of global change.

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The BarentsRISK Project



Computer vision to expand monitoring and accelerate assessment of coastal fish (CoastVision)



CRIMAC will improve and automate the interpretation of data and images from modern broadband acoustics on research vessels and fishing boats by using cruises and experimental field research, artificial intelligence, drones and inspection technology. 



LoVeOcean is a national infrastructure project located outside Lofoten–Vesterålen. 

Lofoten–Vesterålen Marine Observatory (LoVe) will send continuous real-time data from a fixed area, which can eventually be used to create long time series. 


Seafood and Feed Resources – Ocean to Oven

The use of low-trophic marine resources (like macroalgae, mussels and algae-eating fish) and mesopelagic organisms. This project will help generate basic knowledge needed to utilise such novel marine resources as food or feed in a sustainable way.



An open network, with five Copernicus Relays, with a coordinating function on local, regional, cluster and national levels.

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Fishery Forum

The Norwegian Fishery Forum for Development Cooperation is an informal forum for cooperation between Norwegian institutions involved in or with interests in projects with assistance to the fishery sector in developing countries. The Fishery Forum was established by Norad in 2003 and is headed by a group of representatives from some of the institutions involved.


ICES Working Group on the Integrated Assessments of the Barents Sea (WGIBAR)

WGIBAR conducts and develops integrated ecosystem assessments for the Barents Sea as part of the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management.



MAREANO maps depth and topography, sediment composition, contaminants, biotopes and habitats in Norwegian waters. The results of the surveys are available on this website, visualised through maps. A number of our partners also supply data and maps from their own studies.



NorArgo2 is an observation system for the northern seas that consists of oceanographic battery powered floats, Argo floats.


The Norwegian Fish Nutrition Seminar

The Norwegian Fish Nutrition Seminar is a biennial event and is an arena for communicating recent advances in fish nutrition research and facilitate dialogue between stakeholders in science and practice of fish nutrition in Norway.



An open source approach to acoustic and swept area survey calculations