Institute of Marine Research

With a staff of almost 700 the Institute of Marine Research is Norway's largest centre of marine science. Our main task is to provide advice to Norwegian authorities on aquaculture and the ecosystems of the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the North Sea and the Norwegian coastal zone. For this reason, about fifty percent of our activities are financed by the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs.

IMR's headquaters are in Bergen, but important activities are also carried out at our department in Tromsø, at the research stations in Matre, Austevoll and Flødevigen and on board our research vessels, which are at sea for a total of 1600 days a year.

The Institute is heavily engaged in development aid activities through the Centre for Development Cooperation in Fisheries.

The aim of research and management advice provided by IMR is to ensure that Norway's marine resources are harvested in a sustainable way.

Articles from Institute of Marine Research

Cod off the coast of Finnmark. Photo: MAREANO.

Species on the move

The northwards migration of fish species due to climate change is four times as fast as the United Nations climate panel has estimated. The omnivorous cod is a climate champion and outcompetes arctic species.
Catching a big fish can be a truly magnificent holiday experience. Now there are new rules for better control of the fishing tourism industry. Illustration photo: Visit Vesterålen / NordNorsk Reiseliv.

Want better control with fishing tourism

Deep sea fishing is an activity on the rise, but today we do not know how much fish tourists take out of the country. Starting next year, a new regulatory framework will enter into force that will lead to increased control and management of the fishing tourism industry.
The king crab has now also become a tourist attraction.

Invasive species

Once a foreign species establishes itself in Norwegian waters, it is virtually impossible to get rid of again.

The salmon louse. Photo: Thomas Bjørkan/Creative Commons.

Salmon lice

Along with various diseases, the salmon or sea louse represent one of the biggest challenges to fish health in Norway’s aquaculture industry.

 

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