Institute of Marine Research

Articles written in collaboration with Institute of Marine Research

Management of Living Marine Resources in the High North

The sub-Arctic waters of the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea – are home to some of the world's richest fish resources. 

Last changed: 23. August 2013

New challenges in the Law of the Sea

An alliance between developing countries, the EU and environmental organizations wants a new international agreement for the conservation of biodiversity at sea in areas beyond national jurisdiction. This raises new and interesting issues in the law of the sea.

Last changed: 20. May 2013

Fisheries Biology

Fisheries biology is intended to provide knowledge to ensure that fish stocks are managed in a responsible manner.

Last changed: 20. May 2013

Marine biology

Marine biology is the study of sea life, the species found there, and how they have evolved.

Last changed: 20. May 2013


The Norwegian Meteorological Institute and the Institute of Marine Research monitors and researches water levels, currents, sea ice, ocean temperature and salinity in ocean areas important to Norway.

Last changed: 20. May 2013


In broad terms, habitats in the ocean can be split in two, the seabed and the water column

Last changed: 20. May 2013


Both crustaceans and molluscs are shellfish. Most crustaceans have five pairs of legs, and the front pair is transformed into claws.

Last changed: 20. May 2013


Norway manages some of the world's largest fish stocks together with other countries around the north east Atlantic. Many species migrate to the Norwegian coast to spawn. Other fish species use Norwegian waters as their pantry, while they spawn outside Norwegian waters.

Last changed: 20. May 2013

Growth for fish farming – and its problems

Norway’s aquaculture industry is expanding fast. Its biggest environmental impacts take the form of escaped farmed salmon and salmon (sea) lice.

Last changed: 19. May 2013

What can you see?

The map comparisons you can see here visualize the dynamics of our waters throughout the year and from year to year. The services will provide a better basis for understanding and managing stocks and activities in coastal and marine areas in the north.

Last changed: 07. May 2013