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Evolution of the shrimp fishery – from 1908 to today


Researchers have digitised shrimp landings data going almost right back to when the Norwegian shrimp fishery started around the turn of the 20th century.

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Data collection is up and running again


Parts of the Lofoten–Vesterålen Ocean Observatory are operational and collecting new scientific data again after more than a year of downtime.

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Researchers will collect scientific data from Freya


Data from the autopsy of the walrus could provide valuable information about the animal, for example about its diet.

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How do spawning cod react to seismic surveys?


Since 2019, IMR scientists have tagged cod in Western Norway only to “bother” them with noise during the spawning season. The aim is to be able to give better advice on seismic surveys.

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The walrus "Freya": – People should keep their distance


That's the clear advice from our marine mammal scientist.

Kriegers Flak

IMR to lead large EU project on kelp and mussel farming within offshore wind farms


The project receives funding of 8,2 million EUR over the course of four years.


Satellite tagging 8-metre sharks


The researchers were able to tag three basking sharks in a single weekend. Read more here.


"Freya" the walrus may be an environmentalist


The pacific oyster is an invasive species that has fixed its grip along the coast of Southern Norway. It might also be the main diet of "Freya" the walrus, currently eating her way in the Oslofjord.

Endre Moen

Artificial intelligence has been taught to "read" salmon scales


Determining the age of salmon from their scales is a task for trained experts. Now artificial intelligence may give them a hand.

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Scientists from Norway and Sudan work together to preserve marine ecosystems


For more than a decade, IMR researchers have been working closely with colleagues from partner institutions in Sudan with a particular focus on small scale fisheries.

Herring school in fish tank.

Spring-spawning herring were tricked into spawning in autumn


When researchers manipulated the hours of daylight in an experimental setup, they got herring to spawn during the "wrong" time of year.

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007-cruise in the West Ice


Join us to the Arctic on one of our most extreme cruises. Popularly called the James Bond cruise.

Microscope photo of sandeel larvae.

Sandeel larvae undisturbed by subsea cables connecting wind farms


New study on potential impacts of wind industry on marine life in the North Sea.


Researchers find more mackerel have Kudoa parasites


The Kudoa parasite gives the mackerel’s flesh a soft, jelly-like consistency after it is dead. 

Three large halibut.

Researchers identify the halibut’s sex gene


Results from new genetic research could contribute to the further development of halibut as a farmed fish species.

Person inserting acoustic tracker into fish.

Big Data reveals the secret lives of animals


New and improved technology allows researchers to track the movements of fish and other animals from second to second.

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Supergenes protect cod against environmental changes


Researchers have found that Atlantic cod possess a set of “supergenes” that enable them to quickly adapt to environmental changes. 

Small boat on the fjord with scientific equipment and researchers on board.

Could fish larvae be disturbed by offshore wind farms?


A unique project at IMR aims to shed light on the impact of offshore wind farms on the vulnerable early life stages of fish.

Small fish marked with paper slips on a table as part of a trial.

Fish farmers can influence the traits of fish through the feed


Behaviour and environmental conditions affect how genes are expressed. New research demonstrates how epigenetics may be highly relevant to the aquaculture industry.

Photo of a sea trout with salmon lice.

Confirmation that sea trout are heavily affected by salmon lice


In Western Norway, over half of all sea trout are infested with so many salmon lice that you would expect it to seriously harm their health.

A trawl with blue whiting

An opening at the bottom can prevent the trawl bag from bursting


Several hundred tonnes of blue whiting per trawl haul are fished, and accidents can occur. The trawl bag can simply burst because of the catch sizes.

Herring on a green background.

Computer learns to identify fish species in trawl images


Scientists have trained an artificially intelligent system to automatically count and recognize the species of fish that are photographed in the trawl under water.


Nils Gunnar Kvamstø is the new CEO at IMR


He is excited and motivated for his new role at one of the biggest marine research institutes in Europe.

Coral reef before and after bleaching event.

Ocean economy suffers as marine heatwaves are ramping up


Marine heatwaves are becoming more frequent and intense due to climate change. This has wide-ranging impacts for ocean-human interactions, researchers find.

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Ocean Observatory: The missing cable has been found


On Thursday afternoon, the research vessel G.O. Sars found cable that was missing from Lofoten-Vesterålen sea observatory (LoVe).


Ocean Observatory temporarily out of service


The Lofoten–Vesterålen Ocean Observatory (LoVe) is currently out of service. This is due to extensive damage to the outer circuit of the observatory, and it will take time for the full system to return to normal operations.

Portraits of Peter and Mari in a park.

COP26: Scientists call for ocean-based action to tackle the climate crisis


Scientists call for ocean-based action to tackle the climate crisis.

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Satellite-tagged bluefin tuna swam 15,000 kilometres in a year


…and ended up at the same spot, at the same time where the scientists had tagged it the previous year.

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After being trapped in Norway by the pandemic, Dr. Fridtjof Nansen is once again heading out into the world


The research vessel has been in Norway since March 2020. Now it is returning to Africa – with five first-time crew on board.

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Researchers met a leatherback sea turtle at the Norwegian coast


Watch their unique footage of the rare encounter